Japan’s conspiracy bill proposes to punish anyone for planning organized crime; UN questions right to privacy
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 29-May-2017

Tokyo, May 29: Japan is famous in World for the low crime rate in the nation. To make it safer, Japan has decided to pass “conspiracy” bill. The bill proposes a new law under which citizens planning any crime will be punished. Even people may not actually commit the crime but still, they can be punished under the new law. Japan government is promoting it as a step to counter terrorism but a large part of the citizens are not supporting it.  The opponent is claiming this bill give more power to State to allow police to suppress protests, launch more interfering surveillance.

Thousands of citizens protested outside the house when in last week, the bill was passed in the lower house.  This has lead to the birth of a fear that government may abuse the power if the bill finally comes to act.  Today debate on the bill has started in Upper house. In 2000 Japan signed a bill against the U.N. Convention against Transnational Organized Crime.  Japan government has argued this step is taking forward the steps against organized crime.

Drawing the example of recent Manchester attack, Shinzo Abe has said that this will help to protect the country from any kind of terror attack. Japan is hosting 2020 Tokyo Olympics. That has also helped the government to build logic in support of the bill. "It is the responsibility of the host country of the (2020) Tokyo Olympics to take all possible measures to counter terrorism.”, Abe told an upper house plenary session on Monday ( The Mainichi published).

Though the government has pointed out terrorism as the main point the bill also covers theft of forestry products in reserved forest (the Forest Law); exporting without permission and destruction of important cultural properties (the Cultural Properties Preservation Law) and violations of copyrights (the Copyright Law).