Abe keen to revive controversial conspiracy bill

by Hiroko Nakata

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parties so the bill can clear the Diet,” Abe told reporters.

In 2000, Japan signed the U.N. Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, which set guidelines for crime-fighting cooperation. The treaty obliges member countries to enact domestic legislation that establishes conspiracy as a crime.

The conspiracy bill was initially submitted to the Diet in 2003 but was scrapped twice. Deliberations on the latest version submitted last year have gone nowhere amid protests that the legislation would lead to suppression of freedom of thought and expression.

The Justice Ministry claims the legislation is designed to target only organized crimes by groups, including yakuza and fraud rings.