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Japan's new state secrets law called threat to freedoms

Updated: 2013-12-09 07:20
By Cai Hong in Tokyo ( China Daily)

The heavy-handed way Japan's ruling coalition forced the state secrets law through parliament has raised fears in the country of fledgling authoritarianism.

The opposition in the parliament and protests on the street have demanded that the ruling bloc - the Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito - retract the bill.

The upper house approved the bill on Friday. The more-powerful lower house had passed it on Nov 26. The ruling coalition has a comfortable majority in both houses.

Japan's new state secrets law called threat to freedoms

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