Contentious Conspiracy Law Enacted in Japan amid Protests (News)
Tokyo, June 15 (Jiji Press)—Japan's parliament enacted controversial anticonspiracy legislation on Thursday after the ruling coalition overcame fierce overnight resistance from most opposition parties and railroaded it by taking an unusual step of bypassing a committee vote.
The House of Councillors, the upper chamber, approved the bill by a majority vote with support from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, and Nippon Ishin no Kai, an opposition party.
The bill, which cleared the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, last month, is designed to criminalize planning and preparations to commit serious crimes, including terrorist attacks, through revisions to the organized crime punishment law. The law covers a total of 277 types of crimes punishable by imprisonment of at least four years.
The Upper House Judicial Affairs Committee skipped a vote on the bill after the ruling camp stepped out of line with parliamentary protocol and resorted to an "interim report," which enabled a vote in the full chamber without committee approval.
The law will be enforced in July at the earliest.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]