TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The government has drawn up a fresh bill to punish organized crime, after seeing similar bills killed three times in recent years, it was learned Friday.
The previous bills, designed to establish the crime of “kyobo,” or conspiracy, had raised concerns that not just criminal organizations but also labor unions and civil groups might be affected.
In the new bill, the government revised elements of the envisioned crime and removed the word “kyobo” from its name, while clarifying its aim of combating terrorism, informed sources said.
The new bill includes a condition for the crime that there are specific acts of preparation, such as the gathering of funds.
The government is considering submitting the bill during an extraordinary session of the Diet, expected to start next month, aiming for enactment by the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, the sources said. It plans to closely consult with the ruling parties about the timing of the bill’s introduction.