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Minister flip-flops on matter central to national secrets law

The state minister in charge of a controversial bill to toughen penalties for leakers of state secrets on Friday flip-flopped on whether the government will consider establishing a code of contact between government officials and journalists. At a morning press conference, Masako Mori said it is difficult to create such guidelines after saying the previous day that the government will consider doing so. But she later retracted those morning remarks at a House of Councillors' special committee on national security in the afternoon.
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