Upper House begins deliberations on conspiracy bill

/ May 29, 2017

Upper House begins deliberations on conspiracy bill

Debate on a bill to penalize the planning of serious crimes kicked off in the Upper House on Monday after passing the powerful Lower House last week amid public protests sparked by fears the legislation could lead to serious abuses of power. The ruling ...

Diet enacts contentious casino legislation

/ Dec 15, 2016

Diet enacts contentious casino legislation

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The Diet enacted a law to legalize casinos Thursday morning amid ongoing public concerns over a raft of potential social ills, including surges in gambling addiction and organized crime. For Japan, it seems casino legalization could be equivalent to opening Pandora’s box. The nation ...

Dec 2, 2016

Diet hikes safety fines 100-fold for charter bus industry

The Upper House passed a revision to the road transportation law on Friday that allows the fine for safety violations involving chartered buses to be hiked 100-fold to ¥100 million ($875,000). The revision follows a ski bus accident in Nagano Prefecture earlier this year ...