The Japanese government designated 382 cases as being subject to the new state secrets law as of the end of 2014.
According to the Cabinet Secretariat, of the 382 cases specified, the majority of cases dealt with defense and international diplomacy, TBS reported Saturday.
The Defense Ministry specified 247 cases as "specially designated secrets." Of those, 85 involved cyphers and codes, 54 concerned defense equipment procurement and 25 regarded the activities of the Self-Defense Forces.
The new state secrets law, which was enacted on Dec 10, allows 19 government agencies to designate information regarding defense, diplomacy, counterterrorism, and counterespionage that they deem particularly sensitive. However, as of Dec 31, only 10 of the agencies had submitted subjects.
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the controversial law, which was passed in December 2013 amid protests, is essential to convince allies led by the United States to share intelligence with Japan.
Critics of the law say that it will help conceal government misdeeds and limit press freedom. They say that whistleblowing on government misdeeds will be chilled. Reporters Without Borders has called the law "an unprecedented threat to freedom of information".
The law mandates prison terms of up to 10 years for public servants or others leaking state secrets, while journalists and others who encourage such leaks could be imprisoned for five years.
Two watchdog groups oversee implementation of the law, one directed by the prime minister.
Critics say Abe's government failed to keep a pledge to win public understanding of the law by not fully explaining how it will be implemented. The Cabinet Office solicited public comment for a month from late July until late August - during prime summer vacation time.© Japan Today/Thomson Reuters