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Another leakage of secrets

August 16, 2012



Prosecutors to probe leak of nuclear policy agenda to power suppliers



The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office is poised to launch an investigation into an alleged leakage of secrets by national public servants to power suppliers over Japan's nuclear policy.

The move comes as the special investigation unit of the prosecutors' office accepted on Aug. 15 a complaint filed by a group of lawyers against members of the Cabinet Office's Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) and other officials for leaking the agenda of JAEC subcommittee meetings on the country's new nuclear policy to power suppliers.

According to the complaint, JAEC Chairman Shunsuke Kondo, Vice Chairman Tatsujiro Suzuki and 25 other officials handed to seven officials from the power industry a total of 24 sets of documents spanning 364 pages during secret "study meetings" held between December last year and April this year. The documents included information classified as "Level 2" confidentiality in the three-stage confidentiality designations, which should not be disclosed to anyone outside the government body.

The complaint was filed by 21 lawyers from Tokyo and 11 other prefectures. It was initially filed to the Supreme Public Prosecutors Office by 18 lawyers on July 18, who were later joined by three lawyers from Fukushima and Osaka prefectures.

Prosecutors are poised to investigate the accused officials on suspicion of violating the National Public Service Law.


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