Anticonspiracy Law Comes into Force in Japan (News)
Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--The anticonspiracy law took effect in Japan on Tuesday, allowing authorities to criminalize planning and preparations to commit serious crimes, including terrorist attacks.
The government now plans to promptly ratify the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime so that the country can share investigative information about organized crimes with other nations.
Under the law, a group of two or more people can be punished for plotting a crime at the planning stage, or before committing it, if any member starts an act of preparation for the crime.
Japan's parliament enacted the law last month, with support from the ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Kōmeitō, as well as Nippon Ishin no Kai, an opposition party.
During Diet debates on the controversial law, opposition parties expressed concerns that investigative authorities may use the law arbitrarily.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]