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Conspiracy bill rammed through lower house panel amid protests

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Thank god for all the checks and balances.

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Alteady,there is a pc doctrine evident in Japan.Certain subjects are never touched on or ignored.

Why is this?

There exists a certain lack of willingness to rail against authority and to just accept the status quo.

However, there are those that think and communicate their thoughts and those thoughts which lie outside the box.

And now we will have a 'conspiracy law' to better stifle debate.

What is a conspiracy?

'An agreement between two or more persons to engage jointly in an unlawful or criminal act, or an act that is innocent in itself but becomes unlawful when done by the combination of actors.'

So, by this definition , even agreeing that something illegal or "innocent in itself" would be warranted, would then be a crime!

It is plainly obvious that illegality becomes what any state wishes it to be by lengthy detention (already in Japan) anonymous complaints (used to detain) against foreigners.

How much more draconian would life be under this law?

And who benefits from stifling thoughts and actions?

Of course, when the mere thought or utterance can lead to investigation and conviction then we find ourselves living in a dystopian Orwellian society......

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I saw this live on TV yesterday. While the speaker was reading the bill, the gallery was hooting and howling like crazy. Sounded like a zoo where everyone was in heat.

What gets me is that although Komeito is the LDP's sidekick which allows the LDP to get what they want through parliament, most of Komeito's own followers don't support this bill.

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Truth be told even the diet members should be on their tiptoes with this bill. They too can be considered a criminal if they conspire any wrongdoing

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"We've explained the necessity and significance of the bill in a polite manner to gain broad support,"

Hahaha... yeah, "broad support"... with the majority of the people against it. Just goes to show you what the priorities of this government are, and that they're even worse than Trump when it comes to ramming through what they want. At least Trump doesn't pretend the majority don't want it, and when such things are passed the Congressmen and women face angry town halls. Here they just do it and tell you you supported them, then watch you shrug and say "shouganai". But touch on something they hold dear -- like allowed a woman to ascend to the Chrystanthemum Throne, and they can't even BEGIN to talk about it, let alone ram it through despite majority disapproval.

That this country pretends it's a democracy is crazy. This is yet another step back towards being dictatorship. With this and the secrets law I hope people realize that the government can now technically quash any opposition as a 'national threat'.

Speed: "What gets me is that although Komeito is the LDP's sidekick which allows the LDP to get what they want through parliament, most of Komeito's own followers don't support this bill."

Yes, a lot of people feel that way. Yours truly included. I think it's pretty clear they allowed this one because they know the ruling party is very close to dumping them in favor of a more right-leaning Isshin no Kai, so maybe they figure this will help keep them in power for a little more balance. THe problem is, when they lean right to do so there is no balance. Agree with them on more than i don't, but this is a big one.

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A very dangerous law, in any country, and one requiring no proof.

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It is a good law. We do not have FBI and CIA in Japan. We need intelligence organizations. All the countries have intelligence organizations.

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Well, I guess this will be my last comment here at JT. And my last + - as well. I surely do not want to be misunderstand and wind up in detention. I will though continue to enjoy JT and its services.

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the only terrorist activities to over happen in Japan were by Japanese (Red Army, Aum Shinrikyo)

How does this law compare to those in the US and UK? I am sure US and UK have similar laws, is this one more dangerous?

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@SCHOPENHAUER 

So, even by having an opinion it may be possible for anyone in Japan to end up in jail?

Thats ludicrous .....

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Isn't using "rammed" in the title of the article a bit editorial? I'm sure Abe and his cohorts do not consider the bill to have been "rammed". They said it was completely and thoroughly discussed. Right?

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the only terrorist activities to over happen in Japan were by Japanese (Red Army, Aum Shinrikyo)

And the Narita bomb in '85 by Babbar Khalsa. Previously, the local struggle against Narita development (which some might characterise as terrorist) and the biggest act of terrorism... using nuclear weapons on Japan.

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And who benefits from stifling thoughts and actions?

who is stiffling thoughts or actions?

I surely do not want to be misunderstand and wind up in detention

If whining, moaning and complaining is on the list of 220 offenses then many JT readers will be in trouble.

"The proposed charge would apply to groups of two or more people found to have planned one of 227 listed offenses, with at least one of them having made specific preparations such as checking out a location or procuring supplies or funds."

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Press Freedom international ranking 72nd,

Freedom of Speech and Expression in Japan is deteriorating under Abe regime year by year.

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Expansion of authority by nationalists regime who admire prewar fascism politics,hate Fundamental Human Rights and Individual Freedom.

authorities can use "conspiracy law" to oppression and crackdown.

international treaty,counterterrorism or olympics are pretext merely.

ALL GOVERNMENTS LIE

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Abes easy to figure out. Just think to yourself (don't dare share it with 2 or more people!), what is the worst thing he can do. Go to bed and will be amazed to read the paper the next morning...he did it!

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