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According to the bill, journalists who obtain sensitive data in a ‘wrongful manner’ can be sentenced to up to five years in prison. The minim penalty for who obtain secret information ‘inappropriately’ is three years in prison. Hiroyasu Maki, one of Japan's top lawyers, told Associated Press that the definition of secret information is so broad and vague that ‘it can easily include radiation data’. It can be speculated that one of the reasons behind the adoption of the new secrecy bill is the government's desire to reduce the availability of information regarding the aftermath of Fukushima nuclear disaster.
Human rights groups express concerns over Japan secrecy bill (The Voice of Russia, Dec. 3 2013)
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