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[FYI] Japan: More Crime, Less Privacy

Japan: More Crime, Less Privacy
by David Lazarus 

3:00 a.m.  2.Jun.99.PDT
TOKYO -- Privacy issues have taken center stage as Japan prepares
to enact legislation allowing the police to
eavesdrop on phone calls, intercept fax and computer
transmissions, and read email. 

The draconian measures are ostensibly intended to help law
enforcement halt premeditated murders, trafficking in
drugs and guns, and smuggling of illegal aliens into Japan. 

At least that's what a bill cobbled together by the country's
coalition government says. 

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