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Washington's Blog: "Japan Has Fallen Back Into Fascism After 68 Years: Japanese Senator Shouts "This is The Way the Reign of Terror Begins" … Then Others Physically Restrain Him", WashingtonsBlog.com, 06 December 2013.

 

Washington's Blog reports that Japan is falling back into fascism after 68 years. Reflecting the outrage of thousands of protesters outside the Diet building in Tokyo, oppostion lawmaker Hirokazu Shiba was heard to shout during Thursday's committee meeting: "This is the way the reign of terror begins!" The Secrecy Bill, which, according to the Guardian, could see whistleblowers and journalists in Japan being given long prison sentences for revealing "state secrets", has prompted one senator to remark:

"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."

(Italics added)

According to Bloomberg's William Pesek, Shigeru Ishiba, the Japanese governing Liberal Democratic Party's Secretary-General, wrote in a blog post that the act of challenging the Bill should be likened to "an act of terrorism."
 

Image: "2007 10 19 The Diet, Tokyo" by Adam Indikt on Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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