Japan’s ruling bloc rams through conspiracy bill

but there is a clear trajectory" toward making pacifist Japan a more normal country. Still, the bill has sharply divided the public, with a recent Nikkei poll showing 44% in favor and 37% against. Lately, hundreds of protesters have been gathering outside ... ( read original story ...)

Japan readies whaling law to counter activists

TOKYO -- A bill promoting Japan's research whaling program moved closer to enactment this week, potentially giving the government new tools to fend off conservationists and increase the consumption of whale meat. A committee in the upper house of the Diet ... ( read original story ...)

Japan approves contentious bill against planning crimes

The law applies to organized criminal groups of two or more people that have engaged in specific preparations for a crime, such as scouting a location, according to Japan's Kyodo News service. A sizeable crowd protested outside parliament as upper house ... ( read original story ...)

Japan passes controversial anti-terror conspiracy law

Japan's lawmakers have passed a controversial bill allowing authorities to target terror conspiracies. PM Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc pushed it through the upper house early on Thursday, despite vocal opposition. The government argues the law is needed to ... ( read original story ...)