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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japan Mulls Spy Laws

TOKYO — Japan said Wednesday it may introduce tougher penalties against spies, following a scandal in which a naval officer was caught allegedly handing military secrets to Russia.

Japan’s Defense Agency said it was looking at revising the law against military spies because is among the most lenient in the world.

Under current law, those convicted of leaking confidential military information face up to only one year in prison or fines of up to 30,000 yen ($280). The United States, France, Russia and China have a maximum penalty of death for espionage activities, he said.