Q: I’m from the Kokumin Shimbun. . . . there are people in Japan who hate Japan and I believe there are members of the foreign press who hate Japan. Is there any way you can get the police authorities to crack down on them?

A: I feel strongly that the freedom of expression and human rights of each individual must be protected.

Question to Eriko Yamatani, Chairwoman of the National Public Safety Commission & State Minister in Charge of Abduction IssueSept. 25