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Save our right to know

To Yoshimi Watanabe of Your Party, Yorihisa Matsuno of Restoration Party Japan, and Natsuo Yamaguchi of New Komeito Party:

The Secrecy bill will undermine democracy by dismantling our right to know. 50% of Japan’s people are against this bill. As a Japanese citizen, I urge you to withdraw your support for the bill and protect the freedom of information. 

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The Lower House just passed Prime Minister Abe’s new Secrecy Bill, even though 50% of Japan’s citizens oppose it. His message to us is simple: You elected us, but you’re not allowed to know what we’re doing.

Under the new law, anything can be classified as ‘secret’: decisions taken regarding nuclear energy, those taken regarding trade agreements such as the secretive TPP, or even in an extreme case, the cost of redecorating a senior civil servant’s office.

The bill has just arrived in the upper house where the LDP is counting on the support of the New Komeito, Your Party & Japan Restoration Party. But concerned members in both parties are wavering, and a public show of support for them can help stop the bill from becoming law.

We’ve only got days to act. Click to sign this urgent petition calling on the New Komeito, Your Party and Restoration party to withdraw their support for the Secrecy Bill. If we reach 20,000 we’ll deliver the message to key representatives before the vote.

Posted: 27 November 2013

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