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Anticonspiracy Legislation to Help Prevent Terrorism: Abe

Anticonspiracy Legislation to Help Prevent Terrorism: Abe

   Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe underscored Wednesday the need for a bill to criminalize acts of conspiracy and preparations to commit terror attacks and other offenses, in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
   "Implementing antiterrorism measures is an urgent task and will help prevent serious organized crimes from taking place," Abe told at a meeting of the House of Representatives Judicial Affairs Committee, which started substantive deliberations on the contentious bill the same day.
   "We will make full efforts to ensure investigation suitability," Abe pledged, brushing aside concerns about abusive uses of investigative rights under the legislation.
   The opposition camp, including the Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party, is seeking to scrap the anticonspiracy bill.
   Shiori Yamao of the DP claimed at the Lower House panel meeting that problematic excavations of graves and mushroom gathering at protected forests are included in 277 crimes that can be punished by the new legislation.

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