Disclosure of Era Naming Records Remains Uncertain after Date Revision

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 24 (Jiji Press)--The Cabinet Office said Thursday that it has revised the starting date of the non-disclosure period, from April 1, 2014, to April 1, 1989, for government records on the process of selecting Heisei as the name of the current Japanese era, which began on Jan. 8, 1989.

As a result, the non-disclosure period, capped at 30 years under the enforcement order for the public records management law, is set to expire at the end of March this year, while the Cabinet Office is considering extending the period.

It is therefore uncertain whether the records will be moved to the National Archives of Japan for public disclosure in April.

The date revision came after the previous starting date came to light through media reports earlier this week. The Cabinet Office explained that the previous date was picked for convenience after the documents were sorted out during the fiscal year through March 31, 2014.

The law enforcement order allows a period for keeping documents undisclosed to be extended on condition of a report on the reason and the size of extension to the prime minister.

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