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Japan starts publishing minutes of cabinet meetings for first time in 129 years

Published on Apr 22, 2014 4:37 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan on Tuesday started publishing minutes from cabinet meetings for the first time in the body's 129-year history, in an apparent bid to counter accusations of secrecy.

"We decided to disclose them in order to improve transparency and from the viewpoint of making us more accountable to the public," the government's chief spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

The official website of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday showed minutes from the April 1 meeting, marking the first time since the 1885 establishment of the cabinet that its business had been made public.

It was not immediately clear how extensive the minutes would be, nor what subjects or procedures would be redacted.

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