FOI in Japan

Freedom of Information legislation has been in force in Japan since April 2001, but critics say it has achieved very little in that time:

"While some important administrative documents have been disclosed during the five years since the Freedom of Information Law came into effect in April 2001, ministries and agencies have refused to provide some essential information and have virtually ignored legal stipulations to voluntarily disclose information considered to serve the public interest. "

Info disclosure law has achieved little (Daily Yomiuri, 2 April 2006)