Japan passes controversial anti-terror conspiracy law

Japan passes controversial anti-terror conspiracy law

  • 15 June 2017
  • From the section Asia

Ruling coalition lawmakers stand to accept the anti-terror law at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo on 15 June 2017.Image copyright
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Ruling coalition lawmakers stood in the Japanese Diet on Thursday morning to signal acceptance of the new law

Japan’s lawmakers have passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to target terror conspiracies.

PM Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc pushed it through the upper house early on Thursday, despite vocal opposition.

The government argues the law is needed to improve security ahead of the 2020 Olympics, and to comply with a UN agreement Japan has signed.

But critics say it weakens civil liberties and could be abused to monitor and target innocent citizens.

The bill, which criminalises the plotting and committing of 277 acts, is an amendment of Japan’s existing law against organised crime syndicates.