15 June 2017

News Story: 'Anti-conspiracy' bill likely to be passed before end of week

It is growing increasingly likely that the controversial "anti-conspiracy" bill now under deliberation in the Diet will be passed into law before the end of the week.

The bill to revise the Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds would criminalize preparation for terrorism and other crimes by changing the conditions that constitute conspiracy.

Opposition parties on June 13 submitted a censure motion against Justice Minister Katsutoshi Kaneda to the House of Councillors, stopping deliberations on the bill in the upper house Committee on Judicial Affairs. In response, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito determined that this move effectively terminated discussion on the bill, and is set to vote down the censure motion in an upper house plenary session on June 14, bring the so-called anti-conspiracy bill to a vote in the upper house Committee on Judicial Affairs on June 15, and pass the bill in an upper house plenary session by June 16.

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