Japan Conspiracy Law to Punish Scam Groups: Abe (News)
Tokyo, Feb. 2 (Jiji Press)—Groups engaged in "furikome" bank transfer scams would be punishable under Japan's planned legislation aimed at penalizing criminal conspiracies, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said Thursday.
Abe made the comment at a House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting, during a discussion about the bill to revise the law to crack down on organized crimes.
Japan has been under pressure to enact such legislation at an early date after the country signed the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime in 2000. Similar bills were introduced to the Japanese Diet three times in the past, but were killed due to resistance from opposition parties.
The former bills raised public concerns that ordinary citizens' groups and labor unions could be punished.
"It's a matter of course that freedom of thought must not be infringed on, and we must clear up concerns over such infringement," Abe said. The current bill is different from the past conspiracy bills, he added.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]