JAPAN: Official Compiles Data on Information-Seekers

29 May 2002

The Japan Times reports that a Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) officer compiled personal data on individuals requesting disclosure of Defense Agency information and passed it along to other agency officials.

According to the Defense Agency, the MSDF officer compiled personal data on 142 individuals who requested agency-related information between April 2001, when the information disclosure law went into effect

The information included such items as occupations and organizations people belong to, as well as notes on some individuals, such as “antiwar SDF official” and “mother of unsuccessful SDF applicant.”

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