In a marathon, 28-hour plenary session, the Upper House on Thursday approved two controversial bills — one to authorize wiretapping in organized crime investigations and another to have each citizen numbered for administrative purposes.

After voting down a raft of opposition-proposed motions, including one to censure Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, the 252-seat upper chamber passed a package of antiorganized crime bills 142 to 99, and the amendment to the Law of the Basic Resident Registers 146-93.

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