ARTICLE 19 recently visited Japan and met with a range of officials, academics, journalists, lawyers and members of civil society, who raised numerous concerns about freedom of expression and information in Japan, including the pressure on mainstream media to remain uncritical of government policies.
Threats to freedom of expression and information in Japan appear to be on the increase. These include threats to broadcasters of parliamentary investigations and the withdrawal of licenses under the Broadcasting Act; expanding secrecy following the adoption of the 2014 Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets; and proposed revisions to the Constitution which would limit freedom of expression and association.

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  1. shinichi says:

    Japan: Concern at Japanese government snub of UN expert on free expression

    by ARTICLE 19

    ARTICLE 19 is disappointed that the Government of Japan has, at the last minute, cancelled the visit of David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression. The Government claimed that it was not able to schedule meetings with officials, having themselves invited him for an official visit months previously.

    Thomas Hughes, Executive Director of ARTICLE 19 commented:

    “Scrutiny of official attitudes to freedom of expression should be unproblematic, and indeed a priority, for a democratic country like Japan.”

    “ARTICLE 19 is surprised that the Japanese government has been unwilling to meet the UN’s independent expert during his review of the country’s compliance with international norms around freedom of expression, particularly in the context of the growing criticism levelled at Japan in recent years,” added Hughes.

  2. shinichi says:



    Article19 は、⽇本政府が政府職員の業務スケジュールに照らして対応できない旨を主張して、最終段

    Article19 のトーマス・ヒューズ事務局⻑は、次のように述べている。

    Article19 として驚くことは、⽇本政府が、特に近年の⽇本における⾼まる批判という⽂脈の中で、表現の

    Article19 は最近、⽇本を訪問し、政府関係者、研究者、ジャーナリスト、弁護⼠、市⺠社会組織のメン

    による監視や放送法に基づく免許の取り消しという脅威、2014 年制定の特定秘密保護法による秘密の

    Article19 の最近の「アジアにおける情報への権利に関する報告書」では、これらのいくつかの脅威の詳細

    Article19 は、⽇本政府に対してデイビッド・ケイの⽇本訪問のキャンセルを再考し、早期に顔を合わせて

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