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Ruling, opposition lawmakers discuss Moritomo Gakuen scandal, anti-conspiracy bill

  • March 26, 2017
  • , NHK
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NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron” Sunday debate show aired a discussion by senior lawmakers from the ruling and opposition blocs. The opposition discussants insisted that Prime Minister Abe’s wife Akie should provide sworn testimony at the Diet based on the allegation that she “exercised her influence” over Moritomo Gakuen’s land deal with the government. However, LDP Deputy Secretary General Shimomura and Komeito Deputy Secretary General Saito rejected the call. Concerning the GOJ-sponsored bill to amend the organized crime law to punish acts of preparation to commit terrorism and other serious crimes, the opposition parties expressed disapproval, arguing that the legislation may affect the lives of ordinary citizens if applied arbitrarily because it is not clear what “acts of preparation” entail.

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