Don’t mess with “state secrets”

The Japanese media, which are among the most powerful in the world, are free to cover what they want except “state secrets.” This rather vague category is protected by a very harsh law that deters journalists from embarking on investigations. The Fukushima nuclear disaster, the imperial family’s personal lives and the defence of Japan are all “state secrets.”

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



61 in 2015

Global score


26.95 in 2015

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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