Even before the state secrets law has taken effect, the government of Japan seems to have taken the liberty of keeping information to itself on certain public projects. At least, that’s what Kiyohiko Yamada has noticed after viewing the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) website.
The new law, which will take effect in December, has the Japanese public criticizing the government for its lack of transparency. As the legislation covers nuclear facilities, anti-nuclear activists fear that the government may take actions that could be hazardous to many and keep these information a secret under the guise of protecting national security. Yamada is one of those concerned with this possibility. After viewing the application form for construction work by the Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. (JNFL) on the NRA website, he noticed many “blacked-out” parts censoring the names of the buildings listed in the form.
Even reporters from The Asahi Shimbun newspaper, who saw the actual applications by JNFL, noticed that names of the buildings have been removed. However, the pages with the names removed are new and thought to have replaced older ones that carry the actual names. NRA admitted to the changes, saying they were replaced when the state secrets bill was still being discussed in 2013. As reporters badgered the NRA and JNFL for concealing the names, the current forms in their websites now reflect all the details.
[via Asahi Shimbun]