The Daily Manila Shimbun


Upper House debate on anti-conspiracy bill set Monday

May 26, 2017

Tokyo- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the largest opposition Democratic Party agreed Friday that the House of Councillors will start deliberations on a bill to criminalize acts of preparation to commit terrorism on Monday at a plenary meeting.The agreement was made at a meeting between the two parties' parliamentary affairs chiefs for the Upper House.

The two sides also agreed to begin substantive discussions on the controversial bill on Tuesday at the Upper House Committee on Judicial Affairs.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will attend both the Monday and Tuesday meetings.
The bill to amend the law for penalizing organized crimes cleared the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, on Tuesday, mainly with support from the LDP and its Komeito ally.
The government and the ruling camp are aiming to get the bill enacted during the current regular parliamentary session, which ends on June 18.
"The time available for Upper House discussions is limited, so we will work hard" for the passage of the legislation, Masaji Matsuyama, the LDP's parliamentary affairs chief for the Upper House, told reporters after the meeting.
Meanwhile, the DP and other opposition parties are determined to block the bill's enactment.
Due to the tight schedule at the Upper House, the ruling coalition is considering extending the ongoing session. (Jiji Press)