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Underwear designer by day, Underworld yakuza boss by night: The Quiet Don

Nitta Tatsuo’s Shizukanaru Don (静かなるドン), translated into English as The Quiet Don, began publication in November 1988 in the men’s manga magazine Shukan Manga Sunday (Weekly Manga Sunday) and ran…

Japan’s Designated Secrets Law: All you ever wanted to know but should be afraid to ask. (LOL)

The Lawyer's Federation of Japan points out that if a journalist or citizen were to stubbornly ask about SDS (specially designated secrets) to a government official that this could be…

Japan Passes Draconian Secrecy Bill Into Law: Journalists, Whistleblowers are now “terrorists”

Of course, every country has a fundamental right to protect its citizens' interests and there is an obvious need for some issues relating to national security to be secret. However,…

A Briton in Japan Questions Ministry Figures on Abuse of Disabled People

By Michael Gillan Peckitt In Suita, Osaka In June 2013, the Diet of Japan passed a law regarding fair treatment of disabled people. The new law was a step towards…

Japan’s Secrecy Bill: Designed by Kafka & Inspired by Hitler?!!

Legal experts note that even asking pointed questions about a state secret, whether you know or don't know it's a secret, could be treated as "instigating leaks" and the result…

Japan: Even The Secrecy Bill Briefing Is Secret; Abe-gumi Pushes Ominous Secrecy Bill Towards Law

Japan’s Ruling Coalition Government Seeks to Pass Controversial Bill As Fast As Possible While Opposition At Home and Abroad Grows and Support For Abe Government Wanes. Japan's Secrecy Law, Designed…