All papers gave extensive coverage to the Lower House’s approval of the GOJ-sponsored anti-conspiracy legislation on Tuesday, noting that the ruling coalition joined hands with opposition Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party) to put the bill to a floor vote despite strong protests from other opposition parties led by the Democratic Party. Although the Upper House is expected to start deliberations on the controversial bill next Monday, enactment during the current Diet term appears difficult without extending the session. The Abe administration and the ruling coalition may extend the session through late July to ensure enactment.
Asahi, Mainichi, and Tokyo Shimbun stressed that the GOJ has thus far failed to address a range of problems with the legislation, such as whether or not ordinary citizens not affiliated with “organized crime syndicates” can be subject to it. On the other hand, other papers called for “cool-headed” debate at the parliament, underscoring that ordinary citizens will not be monitored or investigated unless there is solid proof of conspiracy and premeditation.