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Japan's controversial state secrets bill passes upper house

Updated: 2013-12-06 PM 2:28:21 (KST)
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Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has forcibly passed a state secrecy bill despite violent protests by opposition parties.
The bill extends jail time to up to ten years for public officials and citizens who leak "state secrets".
The bill has angered many, with some opposition lawmakers saying the new law marks a return to the days of Japanese authoritarian rule during World War Two when the country used a similar law to arrest and imprison political opponents.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defends the bill, saying it will plug what he calls a leaky government machine,.. and allow Japan to share key information with close allies, such as the United States.

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