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I met a small group of Japanese attorneys in 1981 who told me about the importance of the people’s right to know in a democratic government.
They had recently begun advocating a freedom of information law for Japan.
The attorneys were members of the Japan Civil Liberties Union which was founded in 1947, the same year that Japan’s democratic Constitution took effect. I have continued to study the work of the JCLU and other Japanese democracy activists ever since and I am happy to say that the JCLU celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2017 and is still going strong.
My website introduces many of my writings, news reports related to my suit that opened Japan’s courts to reporting by spectators and other constitutional issues.
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Together with Attorney Hiroshi Miyake, a leading advocate for open government in Japan and former president of the Dai-Ni Tokyo Bar Association.
An accomplished calligrapher, Hiroshi produced the scroll at the center, which reads “the right to know.”