Monday, May 26, 2014

Neither the secret protection law nor the approval of the right to collective self-defense was pressed by the US! – Revealed by Morton Halperin

Morton Halperin, a US foreign policy expert, delivered speeches at several places in Tokyo after his arrival in Japan on May 7, 2014. On May 10, he had a talk session with NISHIYAMA Takichi, a former writer of Mainichi Shimbun, one of Japan’s major national papers at an international symposium on the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets, which was hosted by the Japan Federation of Bar Associations. The audience were excited with this historic moment in which a former official of the Nixon Administration that was deeply involved in the secret agreement on the return of Okinawa to the Japanese rule in 1969 met face-to-face the former reporter who was arrested after he had exposed the agreement. However, these two persons in totally different positions shared something in common. The secret protection bill was not passed by a strong request from the United States but in disguise as such by the Abe Administration. Nishiyama also emphasized the same nature about the right to collective self-defense. It has been clear through Halperin’s speeches that the Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets is among the worst in democratic nations, that the Abe Administration forced the secret protection bill in defiance of international standards, domestic public opinion or opposition parties, and that the bill was passed in disguise of pressure from the US. (SHIRAISHI Takashi)

Japan’s Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets violates global principles and is among the worst in allies of the United States”, said Morton Halperin (photo), a former member of the National Security Council (NSC) and an expert of the law on May 9, 2014 in central Tokyo. He cited as the reason, “Civilians and journalists are eligible for criminal punishment in Japan despite that an administrative measure, such as dismissal, applies to public servants as a global principle”. With regard to a question about possible pressure from the US for the law, Halperin answered, “The US has not applied pressure on Japan. It is an excuse of the Japanese Government”. Thus, flaws of the secret protection law were revealed. (M)

秘密保護法も集団的自衛権容認も米国からの強圧ではなかった!~ハルペリン氏 日弁連集会




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