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Calling for fair coverage by the ruling party can be considered a reverse way of saying 'biased reporting' will not be allowed. That is a stance close to one that does not allow for any criticism of the government. As a result, people will feel less free to say what they feel and that could lead to further divisions within society.

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Kenta Yamada, a professor of free speech law at Tokyo's Senshu University. Experts are questioning the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's rationale for requesting fair reporting about upcoming presidential election, saying it borders on censorship.

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The LDP is out to destroy an semblance of free speech- which doesn't exist in Japan anyway.

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