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Komeito sets up study group on revision to organized crime law

  • February 17, 2017
  • , Sankei , p. 5
  • JMH Translation

On Feb. 16 in the Diet, Komeito held an unofficial joint meeting of members of the foreign and judicial committees, calling it the first study group whose aim is informing younger members about the revision to the Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes and Control of Crime Proceeds that penalizes the plotting and preparing to commit acts of terrorism. The party hopes to share with its members a basic understanding of the revision to the bill before it hits the floor.


The Komeito Party had the bitter experience of a schism over the integrated resort act, resulting in its members being allowed to vote their conscience. The study group aims to avoid the same mistake by formulating a party consensus.


At the meeting, the members listened to the justice minister and to the foreign minister, who together explained the outline and the meaning of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, whose goals include prevention of syndicated terrorism. The ministers also illustrated the differences between the anti-conspiracy bill scrapped in the past and the revision to the Act on Punishment of Organized Crimes scheduled for introduction. (Slightly abridged)

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