Number 2 Japanese Official: Protest Is Terrorism

Is Japan Sliding Back Into Fascism?

As we’ve previously reported, the Japanese government is reacting to Fukushima by introducing a bill which would ban journalism.  The bill has passed the lower house, and is expected to pass the upper house this week.

A Japanese Senator notes:

The path that Japan is taking is the recreation of a fascist state. I strongly believe that this secrecy bill represents a planned coup d’état by a group of politicians and bureaucrats ….

The bill would grant agencies which no longer even exist the power to classify secrets. And Japanese officials admit that it will be used to classify what’s really going on at Fukushima.

Bloomberg notes:

The entire process has echoes of George Orwell. If enacted, the secrecy law would allow government ministries to declare just about anything they want classified. It now even appears that trying to cajole information from someone privy to a state secret could warrant jail time. In other words, if I grab a beer with a bureaucrat and ask the wrong question, could I end up in handcuffs? Ambiguity reigns.


Last week, the No. 2 official in Abe’s governing Liberal Democratic Party, Shigeru Ishiba,  issued a dark warning to anyone like me who might dare to question the bill. In a Nov. 29 blog post, the LDP secretary-general likened any such challenge to “an act of terrorism.”


“How can the government respond to growing demands for transparency from a public outraged by the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear accident if it enacts a law that gives it a free hand to classify any information considered too sensitive as a ‘state secret’?” Reporters Without Borders asked in a Nov. 27 statement. Essentially, the group argued, Japan “is making investigative journalism illegal, and is trampling on the fundamental principles of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources and public interest.”

“Welcome to the land of the setting sun. Let’s see how much darker it will get,” Tokyo-based investigative reporter Jake Adelstein wrote in a Nov. 30 Japan Times op-ed. As Adelstein pointed out, the secrecy bill bears a resemblance to Japan’s pre-World War II Peace Preservation Law, which gave the government wide latitude to arrest and jail individuals who were out of step with its policies. Parts of the bill also echo the George W. Bush-Dick Cheney power grab that was the Patriot Act.

Japan’s press-freedom ranking is already in free fall. In 2013, its standing dropped 31 places from 2012 to a new low of 53rd out of 179 countries, according to Reporters Without Borders. Japan now trails South Africa and the Comoro Islands off Mozambique. The main culprit behind this year’s drop was weak reporting on radiation risks at Fukushima — a problem that’s sure to get even worse as incentives for media self-censorship increase. If you think the powerful bureaucrats who really run Japan are too opaque with their fiefdoms and secret handshakes now, just wait.

What’s odd, and should greatly worry Japan’s 126 million people, is the urgency behind Abe’s push to pass the secrets bill. The prime minister hasn’t implemented a single structural reform in almost 12 months in office. Not one. He’s taken no important steps to deregulate, shake up or remake an overmanaged economy. But this particular legislation apparently needs to be passed, like, yesterday.


It’s up to the terrorists — sorry, concerned members of the public to speak out if they want to stop him.

(America is no different.  In the U.S. today, peaceful protest is treated as terrorism.)

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says that the Chernobyl nuclear accident caused the collapse of the Soviet Union.  Is the same thing happening to Japan today after the more severe Fukushima accident?  After all, nuclear accidents can bankrupt entire nations

Maybe, but there are other forces at play as well.  For example, the ruling party is trying to repeal the constitutional provision preventing Japan from waging war. As the Daily Beast notes:

Japan is about to take a giant step back into its oppressive past. When one also considers Prime Minister Abe’s stated ambition to restart Japan’s nuclear power plants and remove Article 9 from the constitution, the article which prevents Japan from waging war, it seems like the Empire of The Sun may be moving towards darker times.

Indeed, Japan is ramping up it’s bellicose actions regarding the Senkaku Islands, which – if someone makes a mistake –  could erupt into a shooting war.

And – while Japan is widely referred to as a “liberal democracy” – its economy has largely devolved into crony capitalism … which is just another way of saying “fascism”.

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  • hvaiallverden

    I wrote about this 2.5 years ago, even the massive amount of rad. that is slowly coming to you coats line.

    In a world of morons and where science is bollocs and religion corrupted no wounder nobody of this idiot servants are unable to solve anything. The Japan island is dying, in the next 2.5 years the sum of bioaccumulation will be more and more obvious and just to highlight this, and I have seen videos of deforme plantlife inside the uSSas border, and this is the same sympthoms as just within weeks aftrer the initiale acident at Fukushima.

    And to underline this to the morons in charge, the results of this Bioaccum. will begin to manifest its seøf from now on, and in a world where Holywood and their idiotic doomsday movies isnt nowhere near reality, this is a slooow train coming, the autoimunde disorders, the damages done to cellstructures, and then the following misscariges of information flowing from cells to cells is damaged the faults will take time to be seen visualy, the facts that matine life is dying, is because of this senario, remeber, the plactons and the microlife, is the one that is hitt first, 70% of our oxygen prod, comes not from trees but Planctons out in the oceans.

    The damages I see are horrific infact, and as before, I will just say this, fukushima is humanitys greates problem, is dwarfs vevrything, right now I am riddicouled and persived as a scaremongrel, and I am sceared, this is infact the only thing that I know can f…. up an entire future of our humanity, its just Fukushima that has the potentiale to do so, and to underline this, in Scandinavia, 30years after Tjernobyl, Reindears and others have stil a to high rad. in them, they are specaly feed, to loos weight, to gett ridd of the fatt layer, to reduce the rad. forom it.
    The explosive growth of cansers are as ussal, not even mentioned, in the MSM and the “green cult f…” at all, and stil is killing people, and remeber this is not a Hollywood/Zioturd made movie, this is the real deal.

    The half time of ordinary Cesium is not 30 years, it dep. sollely on the initiale level. After 30 years, Cesium is stil dangerous even if its halfed, and then it takes a new 30 years to be reduced to a quarter of it, but its stil to dangerous, and so on.

    No, I am afraid, the Japan gov. simply killed their own land, killed the people in it, killed their future with selfishness and greed, to majore igredienices, that is our doom.
    We may survive a massive comet or anything similare, but not Fukushima and the presnet world govs. in IAEA/UN is so corrupted that anything from that direction is utter bollocs.
    Good night Japan, the dream is over, your land is dying and nobody cares.


  • TheTruth

    The Japanese people will not stand for it. The government may slide this way, but the Japanese people will not accept this. They have suffered too much to back to that.

  • jhnjul

    Let’s hope the Japanese people stand up.

  • Robert Barsocchini

    Same characterization of protest has been happening in the US, essentially since the country’s inception. The question is not if the US is sliding into fascism. It’s if we can slide it out.

  • wayoffmessage

    We have crony capitalism here with the helots working till they drop with no sight of a pension and health care only as long as they work

  • Howard Treesong

    A country wants to remove its constitutional protection against waging war. This same country has a tactical weakness in the presence of the spent-fuel pool at reactor 4, where one bomb would cause damage on a scale we have not seen in this world.

    I don’t know what the Japanese are doing but I’ll tell you this much: they’re doing it wrong.

  • Jothiratnam Doubleess

    Not surprising: the Japanese are amongst the most shameless when it comes to dealing with people, be it their own, or others; a totally duplicitous group seems to run things there, and the ordinary Japanese citizen does not seem particularly motivated to stop this travesty and perfidy: look at Hirohito, and how he went unpunished after his behaviour during WW II (he ought to have been executed as a war criminal, but it suited the Americans to keep the swine on as ’emperor’; for that matter, look at how the Japanese have lied to their own people about the atrocities they committed during that war, a marked contrast from the German attitude to the crimes of their state during the same war. In Japan, there are some fundamentally unhealthy, and definitely couldn’t-care-less-about-democracy attitudes at work in the profound reaches of the society. Very sad really.

    • Alice

      Good paragraph. I lived in Japan for 8 years starting in 1999. However, I must comment
      that it isn’t the apathy of people there that keep protests from occurring. Plenty of protests
      happened when the u.s. was feigning reasons to go to war with iraq. It is the nature of the society itself. They have a sense of nationalism that will gladly participate in a sacrifice for their country (as many residents committed suicide at the end of WW2 to avoid contact with u.s. soldiers). This is not a country that you want militarized. They will gladly defend their land to the death if it means wounding only one individual from the “enemy” side. I live in China now, which is opening up more and more every day. They treat the current Japanese coup d’etat with weariness. Not worry. China knows what Japan is capable of but they are treating it
      as something to watch without concern. It will be interesting to see where Japan goes in the following months. Hopefully, they will not follow the path the u.s. is on now.