Japan's Defense Ministry to study ways to prevent leaks of state secrets

Japan's Defense Minister Hamada Yasukazu says his ministry will take quick action to study measures to prevent officials of the Self-Defense Forces from leaking confidential information.

The Defense Ministry dismissed a captain of the Maritime Self-Defense Force last month for allegedly leaking classified information to a retired MSDF admiral in violation of the state secrecy law.

A Lower House commission on Friday called on Hamada to conduct a survey on provision of information by SDF personnel to former officials and to enact strict rules to prevent it.

Hamada told reporters on Monday that these calls are the first that the commission has issued since the state secrecy law took effect. He said he takes them seriously.

Hamada said he has told Defense Ministry officials to ensure no more leaks happen, and that a committee headed by his deputy has held talks on the issue.