A group of people from the movie industry have formed a group that will oppose the government’s proposed state secrets protection bill which is currently being pushed in the Upper House. The bill has been met with staunch opposition by people in the media, as they believe this will deprive people of the “right to know” and press freedom as well.
A statement from the “Tokutei Himitsu Hogo Hoan ni Hantaisuru Eigajin no Kai” (Group of movie people who oppose the state secrets protection bill) says that their predecessors in the industry were forced to support the government in World War II and based on their reflections, “the Japanese movie industry started to walk on the postwar path (back to normalcy).” The stand of the group is that they adamantly oppose the passage of the bill as it will set Japan back on a dangerous path similar to the war days. They are also critical of the way the ruling bloc of the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito are rushing the passage of the bill because the current session ends on Friday, December 6.
Among those who spearheaded the group are directors Isao Takahata, Yasuo Furuhata and Yoji Yamada. Within four days of the call for the formation of this group, their numbers swelled to 264 supporters, including directors Nobuhiko Obayashi, Hayao Miyazaki, Hirokazu Koreeda and Kazuyuki Izutsu, actresses Sayuri Yoshinaga and Shinobu Otake, and scriptwriters Taichi Yamada and James Miki. There were also several cinematographers, film critics, theater owners and even around 60 fans who joined the group. Takahata, one of the founders of Studio Ghibli, said, “We are appalled by the fact that we, the Japanese people, are the ones who created the Abe administration.”
[ via Asahi Shimbun ]