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Japan: Supreme Court declares registration system constitutional

Economist and blogger Ikeda Nobuo comments on a Supreme Court decision [ja] declaring that Japan's Net registry system (Juki Net) is constitutional. He argues that a decision against the registration system would have constituted a control on freedom of expression. He also points out that Japan's four major newspapers were excluded in the proposed law, and thus that the move was specifically targeted at free expression on the Internet.

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  • 前略 いつも興味深い記事を楽しみにしております。
    さて今国会で 人権擁護法案 が可決される動きがあるようです。
    以前 メディア法 の時はいろんな業界の猛反発を受け廃案となりましたが 今回は話題にもならずに水面下で通しているようにも感じます。
     当方の考えとしては規制ばかりの未来へ続く思考をも潰すまったくもって下らないとも感じています。 ぜひとも池田様のご意見をお聞かせ下さい。 

  • 細木様

    コメントありがとうございます。大切なポイントなので、日本語の読めない読者のためにコメントの部分を翻訳します:

    For readers who can’t read Japanese, the above comment is by Hosoki-san, who writes (in part):

    In the Diet, there is a movement to adopt the Human Rights Protection Bill.
    In the past, at the time of the Media Law, there was fierce opposition from various industries and the bill was rejected. However this time, there no discussion, and it feels like they are going to pass it without anybody noticing.

    For more on the Bill, see this article.

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