You are not logged in. LOG IN NOW >
WeGov

Japanese PM Thinks His People Just Don't Understand The State Secrecy Bill

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, December 9 2013

Shinzo Abe shakes hands with President Bush (Wikipedia)

In spite of objections from human rights activists and members of the media around the world, Japan's upper chamber made the controversial State Secrecy Protection Bill law in a “raucous, late-night session” last Friday, December 6, Reuters reports. The House of Representatives passed the bill on November 26. Under the new law, state employees could be jailed for up to 10 years if they leak secrets, and journalists could be jailed for up to five if they use “grossly inappropriate” tactics to uncover state secrets. The passage of the bill has sparked uncharacteristically large protests in a country where protesters have often been considered a part of the political fringe.

Read More

Japan's Prime Minister's Office to Launch Account on China's Sina Weibo

BY Lisa Goldman | Wednesday, July 25 2012

According to a blog post on TechinAsia, the Japanese Prime Minister's Office is planning to launch a microblogging account on Sina Weibo, the Chinese platform that is often compared to Twitter. Sina Weibo is a bit of a behemoth in the social media world, with more than 300 million users. Recently Chinese officials tacitly recognized the microblogging platform's influence when it decided against filtering words related to streets protests in the city of Shifang, even as state-run mainstream media were forbidden to report on the protests. As TechinAsia points out, the Japanese prime minister is not the first foreign leader to recognize the access and influence available via Sina Weibo: Australian politicians, including former prime minster Kevin Rudd, recently started microblogging on the site. Read More