You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Japan Film Industry Joins Protest Against Secrecy Laws

TOKYO — Some of Japan’s most prominent actors, directors and other film executives have united to protest against the country’s new state secrets protection law that went into effect on Thursday.

A group calling itself the Committee of Film Professionals Opposing the Secret Information Protection Act (Tokutei Himitsu Hogoho ni Hantai Suru Eigajin no Kai), which includes directors Yoji Yamada, Isao Takahata, Sumiko Haneda, Yasuo Furuhata, actresses Shinobu Otake and Sayuri Yoshinaga and producer Jiro Shindo, issued a statement on Wednesday claiming that the law will “threaten freedom of expression” and “take away the right to know.”

Organizations and groups representing journalists, lawyers, broadcast workers and other professionals have issued similar statements opposing the law, which gives government bodies great latitude to classify information as state secrets, while levying punishments on those who leak such secrets to the public. 

The film group also expressed concern that the law might encourage a return to the sort of nationalism and militarism that led Japan into a disastrous war more than seven decades ago.

“Seeing the remorse of our seniors in the film world who were forced to praise war against their will, we will never support the making of films that again stir up war sentiment,” the statement said.
 

More Film

  • 'Incident in a Ghostland' Review

    Film Review: 'Incident in a Ghostland'

    TOKYO — Some of Japan’s most prominent actors, directors and other film executives have united to protest against the country’s new state secrets protection law that went into effect on Thursday. A group calling itself the Committee of Film Professionals Opposing the Secret Information Protection Act (Tokutei Himitsu Hogoho ni Hantai Suru Eigajin no Kai), […]

  • Scoot McNairy'Batman v Superman: Dawn of

    Film News Roundup: Scoot McNairy Joins Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood'

    TOKYO — Some of Japan’s most prominent actors, directors and other film executives have united to protest against the country’s new state secrets protection law that went into effect on Thursday. A group calling itself the Committee of Film Professionals Opposing the Secret Information Protection Act (Tokutei Himitsu Hogoho ni Hantai Suru Eigajin no Kai), […]

  • Gretchen Carlson

    Gretchen Carlson on How Her Roger Ailes Lawsuit Affected the Cosby Case

    TOKYO — Some of Japan’s most prominent actors, directors and other film executives have united to protest against the country’s new state secrets protection law that went into effect on Thursday. A group calling itself the Committee of Film Professionals Opposing the Secret Information Protection Act (Tokutei Himitsu Hogoho ni Hantai Suru Eigajin no Kai), […]

  • 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' Tracks

    'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' on Track for $40 Million-Plus Opening

    TOKYO — Some of Japan’s most prominent actors, directors and other film executives have united to protest against the country’s new state secrets protection law that went into effect on Thursday. A group calling itself the Committee of Film Professionals Opposing the Secret Information Protection Act (Tokutei Himitsu Hogoho ni Hantai Suru Eigajin no Kai), […]

  • Actor Johnny Depp poses for photographers

    Johnny Depp: Rolling Stone Profile Latest Sign Actor Is PR Liability

    TOKYO — Some of Japan’s most prominent actors, directors and other film executives have united to protest against the country’s new state secrets protection law that went into effect on Thursday. A group calling itself the Committee of Film Professionals Opposing the Secret Information Protection Act (Tokutei Himitsu Hogoho ni Hantai Suru Eigajin no Kai), […]

  • Film review: Budapest Noir

    Film Review: 'Budapest Noir'

    TOKYO — Some of Japan’s most prominent actors, directors and other film executives have united to protest against the country’s new state secrets protection law that went into effect on Thursday. A group calling itself the Committee of Film Professionals Opposing the Secret Information Protection Act (Tokutei Himitsu Hogoho ni Hantai Suru Eigajin no Kai), […]

  • Johnny Depp

    The Most Shocking Revelations From Johnny Depp's Rolling Stone Interview

    TOKYO — Some of Japan’s most prominent actors, directors and other film executives have united to protest against the country’s new state secrets protection law that went into effect on Thursday. A group calling itself the Committee of Film Professionals Opposing the Secret Information Protection Act (Tokutei Himitsu Hogoho ni Hantai Suru Eigajin no Kai), […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content