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National 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 partner, ...

Debate on latest conspiracy bill kicks off in Lower House

National / Politics 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 an ...

National / Crime & Legal Sep 1, 2016

Japanese lawyers criticize proposed conspiracy bill

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has said it opposes an effort by the government to criminalize conspiracy. The government plans to submit a bill to this effect as part of moves to strengthen counterterrorism ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The so-called conspiracy bill purports ...