Civic organizations and other members of the public opposed to the so-called anti-conspiracy bill held protests around the Diet building in Tokyo's Nagatacho district May 18.
The bill includes a revision of the Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds, which would criminalize "acts of preparations to commit crimes such as terrorism" by changing the conditions that constitute conspiracy. It is expected to pass a May 19 meeting of the House of Representatives Committee on Judicial Affairs. The majority of the committee members are from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
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