May 10, 2017

Ruling bloc pushes Lower House to pass 'conspiracy' bill

The ruling bloc is aiming to get through the Lower House a contentious bill that would punish the planning of crimes, lawmakers said Tuesday, despite lingering criticism that the legislation could threaten civil rights. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its junior ...

Debate on latest conspiracy bill kicks off in Lower House

/ Apr 6, 2017

Debate on latest conspiracy bill kicks off in Lower House

The Lower House began formal debate Thursday on a contentious conspiracy bill that would punish the planning of certain crimes, ostensibly in the name of counterterrorism. The government says the bill revamps three previous conspiracy bills that flopped amid concerns they could lead to ...

Mar 29, 2017

Lower House panel warns against overuse of state secrecy law

A Lower House panel has voiced concern about the classification procedures of state secrets, warning that the nation’s controversial secrecy law was being overused. In a report released on Wednesday, the intelligence surveillance panel stopped short of issuing official recommendations, saying its comments were ...