I was interested in the term, “reverse fig leaf” in an article titled, “Should Germans read ‘Mein Kampf'” appearing in the New York Times (July 7), which deals with the planned publication of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf in Germany due to expiration of the copyright held by the state of Bavaria in 2015. It reads:
“(Facing an outcry among academic and in Bavarian Legislature) in an awkward dance, Mr. Seehofer’s government was forced to reconsider its reconsideration. It agreed to leave the money in place while withholding its government seal of approval (for release). This reverse fig leaf may or may not mollify opponent, who thought they had stopped the book.
I know "fig leaf" has biblical origin and means a hasty/inadequate cover-up for something shameful, but I never heard of the word, “reverse fig leaf.”
Google Ngram shows growing currency of ‘fig leaf’ at 0.00000912% in 2008, but no track of “reverse fig leaf.”
If we reverse a fig leaf, we’re gonna disclose or publish a hidden object, secret, or shame. How can I define “reverse fig leaf” precisely?
Is it just an incidental combination of adjective, “reverse” and a figurative “fig leaf,” or a set of word to be applicable to many other instances, for instance, "Japanese Prime Minister, Abe’s latest decision to authorize the nation’s Collective Defense Right is a reverse fig leaf of the existence and nature of Japanese Defense Force under the pacifist Constitution prohibiting its engagement in any kind of wars."?