Saturday, November 30, 2013

Now is Not the Time to be Drinking

 About 150 people launched a huge publicity campaign against the designated secrecy protection bill at Tokyos Shinjuku Station on Nov. 14th. They were mainly from the organizing committee of the mass rally at Hibiya Park on Nov. 21st, planning to bring people together for a common objective----to stop secrecy law. From the top of a truck, FUKUSHIMA Mizuho, a former Social Democratic Party leader and a member of House of Councilors Special Committee on the Bill, spoke to the people passing by, I bet you think you have nothing to do with defense secrets. If you think it only matters to public servant, you may get into a lot of trouble. Private-sector workers and temporary workers may be targeted (for prosecution) one after another. You are subjected to close monitoring on whether or not you have foreign friends or you have a drinking problem, and what messages you post on your blog and so on. Now is not the time to be drinking without concerns over this  issue. In the first place, the public owns information. Ill raise Hell in the Diet. Lets kill this evil bill together! It was quite certain that more people took the leaflets than usual. (By M)

「秘 密保護法反対」の一点で21日に日比谷大集会を計画している「11.21実行委員会」のメンバーら150人が、1114日東京・新宿西口で大宣伝行動を 展開した。街宣車に上がった福島みずほ議員(同法特別委員会委員・写真)は、道行く人たちに呼びかける。「私は防衛秘密なんか関係ない、それは公務員の問 題、と思ったらとんでもないです。民間企業で働く人も派遣で働くひとも、みんな芋づる式でターゲットになるのです。外国人に友人はいないか、飲酒クセはな いか、ブログで何を発信しているか、すべて調べられる。そういう法律です。安心してお酒飲んでられないですよ。そもそも情報は国民のもの。私は国会で暴れ ます。一緒に廃案に追い込みましょう」。チラシの受け取りもいつもより間違いなくよかった。(M

Let’s move the Diet! ~ Petition action for relief of nuclear disaster victims

Some 200 people participated in a rallyat Hibiya convention hall in Tokyoand a petition to the Diet called, Send our voices to the Diet. A petition action to the Diet for relief of nuclear disaster victims, on November 12th. They demanded that the government 1) carry out enough and concrete measures to support children and other victims of nuclear disaster; 2) enact a special law to resolve a prescription set for compensation request. While there is almost no progress granting nuclear victims compensation and the end of the three-year prescription is nearing, the extension is eagerly expected.  (By YUMOTO Masanori)

11 12日、「国会に声を届けよう 原発事故被害者の救済を求める国会請願行動」として集会(東京・日比谷コンベンションホール)と国会への請願行動が取り 組まれ、200名が参加した。今回の行動の目的は、以下の内容の国会請願である。1、原発事故子ども・被災者支援法の十分かつ具体的な施策の実施を求め る。2、賠償請求の時効問題を抜本的に解決するための特別立法を求める。原発被害者への賠償請求はほとんどすすんでおらず、民法上の時効年限である3年が 目前にせまっているなかで、時効年限の延長が待ったなしで求められいる。(湯本雅典) 
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Friday, November 29, 2013

Journalists and celebrities stand up against the “Secrecy Bill”

On November 20, 2013, journalists rose against the “Secrecy Bill”, which is illiberal and anti-democratic, at the Annex of the Sabo Kaikan Hall in central Tokyo. TORIGOE Shuntaro, the organizer, said, “We should not have the bill passed in the houses. We come here to galvanize public opinion”. TAHARA Soichiro angrily followed, “Off-the-record news gathering, conspiracy and instigation are normal for us journalists. If our coverage is regarded as “unlawful” under the “Secrecy Protection Act”, we are subjected to the maximum 10 years in prison. This means that press freedom is going to die. The bill is extremely dangerous”. SUGAWARA Bunta, a heavyweight actor, expressed his worry about the current situation, saying, “Our society has been deformed in the long period of time against the people since the end of World War II. If the bill passes the parliament, it will become a decisive blow to democracy in Japan”. Then, some of the journalists and celebrities handed a “petition to demand the bill to be scrapped” over to MORI Masako, the Minister of State for Special Missions at the Cabinet Office. (M)

* Photo: Journalists (KISHII Shigetada,Torigoe Shuntaro and KANEHIRA Shigenori) handing the perition


11 20日、東京・砂防会館別館で「特定秘密保護法案の廃案を求めるメディア関係者」の「総決起集会」が開かれた。呼びかけ人の鳥越俊太郎さんは「このまま通すわけにはいかない。世論喚起のために集まった」と挨拶。田原総一郎さんは「私たちが普段やっている取材では、オフレコ取材、共謀、教唆などあたりまえ。この法律で“不当な取材”とされたら10年の懲役刑を喰らう。これでは報道は萎縮してしまう。これは危険きわまりない法律で、とんでもない」と語気を強めた。菅原文太さんも駆けつけ「戦後の長い時間のなかで時代が変形されられてきた。これが通れば、そのトドメになると思う」と危機感をあらわにした。その後、代表者が内閣府を訪ね、森大臣あてに「廃案を求める要請書」を手渡した。(M