Fifty-two percent of respondents in a recent Mainichi Shimbun opinion survey said continued discussions over the so-called "anti-conspiracy bill" were needed despite the government and ruling coalition's intention to pass the legislation by the end of the current Diet session.
The Mainichi Shimbun carried out an opinion poll over the weekend on May 20 and 21. A majority of the pollees demanded careful deliberations on the bill to revise the Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds that would criminalize "acts of preparations to commit crimes such as terrorism." The percentage of respondents who favored continued discussions topped 50 among both supporters of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and those who disapprove of the Abe Cabinet. Seventeen percent said they believe that the bill should be enacted in this Diet session, while 14 percent wanted the controversial bill scrapped.
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