Information Disclosure Law

Information Disclosure Law

Legislation in Japan, passed in 2001, requiring government agencies to disclose information about the money they spend. It also requires agencies to publish their communications to the industries that they regulate in order to promote transparency and discourage inappropriately close relations between the government and the private sector.
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secret pacts may have been discarded before an administrative information disclosure law took effect in 2001, referring to what he heard from a person familiar with the inner workings of the ministry.
Kyodo News asked the BOJ to release the minutes under the information disclosure law for independent administrative entities which took effect in October.
Tsutomu Shimizu, a lawyer critical of the system, said that although the network is very convenient for administrative agencies, it will also make it easy for them to compile files on individuals -- as the Defense Agency was found to have been doing already about people who sought information from it under the information disclosure law.
The Foreign Ministry has decided against disclosing its internal regulations regarding punishments of ministry officials in response to a request based on the information disclosure law made by Kyodo News by Monday.
According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the system believed to be affected by Code Red 2 enables users to confirm the availability of government documents when they file for their release based on the information disclosure law.
The minutes, which were published at the request of Kyodo News under the Information Disclosure Law, are the first FRC meeting minutes ever to be made public.
The revelation last month that the Defense Agency was compiling lists containing data on 141 individuals who had sought information under the information disclosure law caused a public uproar.
Japan's information disclosure law, which goes into effect next April, will require all ministries and agencies of the central government to release official documents.
Last week also saw the emergence of a Defense Agency scandal in which it became known that agency officials had compiled personal information about people who requested data from the agency under the information disclosure law.
A senior official in charge of information disclosure at the Maritime Staff Office kept a record of the confidential personal information of individuals who requested information from the Defense Agency under the information disclosure law in the year to March, according to the results of an in-house investigation.
A 48-year-old lieutenant commander allegedly compiled the list of personal information about 141 civilians who requested access to information in line with the information disclosure law, filed it on a floppy disk and submitted it to a commander last November, the agency said.
Masayasu Kitagawa on Friday urged the Foreign Ministry to heed growing public calls to disclose its use of classified diplomatic funds, pointing to an information disclosure law that came into effect in April.
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