Friday, June 16, 2006
In a reversal of a lower court decision, Tokyo's High Court has decided that Japanese journalists may keep the identities of their sources confidential, even in criminal proceedings, in order to promote the public's right to know under the Japanese constitution. The Tokyo District Court had required a balancing of fair trial and free press rights. The journalist in question is refusing to give up information requested by parties in a U. S. proceeding, and the Japanese courts had intervened. Read more here on the decision. Here are links to the history of the present Japanese Constitution and to an English translation. Here is a short description of the Japanese judicial system.