Fighting for Sunlight on Suruga Bank’s Secret Documents

Last year, I was in court seeking the release of secret Suruga Bank documents related to the treatment of minorities in Japan. Specifically, I asked the court to order the release of the bank’s secret policy regarding ethnic background in driver’s license unauthorized for use by the FSA, Financial Services Agency.

Unfortunately, a Tokyo District Court judge  Nobuhiro Katada ruled that the documents can be kept secret, and that he would defer to the bank to decide what information could be used from the public.

Time and time again, a lower court judge Shougo Okazaki has cited minorities crimes wrongfully in an effort to keep Suruga Bank’ illegal policy secret. That argument has little merit because of the wrong premise.  The still-secret policy is critical to filling in the gaps and informing the ongoing debate about Suruga Bank’s crimes. The Japanese public has a right to know about the abuse committed in its name.

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