State secrets law could constrain researchersThe Japan Times.
The government had named 382 subject areas as state secrets requiring protection under the law. Kyoto-based lawyer Akitoshi Ozaki, who has written about the potential problems scientific researchers face under the new law, said the most basic problem is that there is no person or organ with strong independent legal authority to oversee what kinds of scientific research should and should not be targeted for confidentiality.
Although the Diet legislature was tasked with creating bodies that would review the validity of information designated as state secrets last year, political and bureaucratic wrangling meant the law went into force without such oversight.
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