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Indonesia: Presidential Instruction on Fighting Corruption Issued

(June 4, 2015) On May 26, 2015, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (known familiarly in Indonesia as Jokowi) formally issued a presidential instruction that he had signed on May 6 on prevention and eradication of corruption. He also gave a reminder to public officials of the importance of the problem. “In realizing clean governance, [corruption] prevention […]

Japan: Act on Protection of Specially Designated Secrets

(Jan. 23, 2015) The Act on the Protection of Specially Designated Secrets (SDS Act) that was promulgated on December 13, 2013, became effective on December 10, 2014. (Act No. 108 of 2013, Japanese Ministry of Justice online database (in English).) Under the Act, the head of an administrative organ designates secrets that satisfy the following […]

Denmark: Changing Legal Sexual Identity Simplified

(July 3, 2014) The Danish Parliament has approved a law allowing Danish citizens to change their legal gender identity without first undergoing sterilization or surgery. Denmark’s Minister of the Economy and Interior, Margrethe Vestager, announced on June 11, 2014, that beginning September 1, Danish citizens over the age of 18 may apply to change their […]

China: New Implementing Regulations of Law on State Secrets

(Mar. 31, 2014) On January 17, 2014, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed State Council Order No. 646 promulgating the Implementing Regulations of the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Guarding State Secrets. Effective on March 1, 2014, the Regulations repealed the former 1990 implementing measures for the Law. (Regulations [in Chinese] (Feb. 3, […]