Japan’s New Terrorism Law Aimed at Article 9 Protesters, and Those Opposed to Abe’s push toward militarism.
Japan’s deceptive “anti-terrorism” bill was steamrolled into law by its parliament, after the ruling coalition ignored standard legislative protocol. The bill is known as the “criminal-conspiracy law, which stipulates 277 crimes that people can be arrested for, including merely discussing criminal acts, or liking a post or tweet.
The bill is designed to target civil liberties. The law includes “terrorist” acts such as “picking wild mushrooms in a national reserve.” This aspect of the bill would be pretty hard to enforce, as Japan is one of the filthiest, and toxic nations on the planet. It is nearly impossible to find a “nature reserve” in Japan, as just about every inch of the land has already been plowed over, and covered in dilapidated concrete, which in turn is covered in some manner of debris.
The real aim of the “act” is to target protesters who descend upon public places, and who rally against everything that Abe, and his lunatic, and racist henchmen stand for. The “terrorist” protesters are most notably the elderly, those who have post WWII memories, and the horrors that followed the fire bombings, atomic bombings, and subsequent occupation. Considering that Shinzo Abe’s grandfather was the “minister of munitions” during WWII, and a convicted war criminal, one can see what is really on the agenda of this current regime.
The “anti-terrorism” bill makes it a terrorist act to stand in front public areas, and protest the LDP, Shinzo Abe, and the “reinterpretation” of Article 9, and Japan’s move toward millenarianism.
Anyone that is familiar with Japan’s corrupt legal system knows that detainees are held without outside contact, tied, and handcuffed to chairs, held in lit rooms 24/7, and forced to confess to imagined crimes. Japan’s 99.97% conviction rate, is based on 94% of those convictions based on nothing more than confessions that are beat out of them, under conditions of torture.
The true motive of this law is to investigate political groups that are seen as a threat to Abe’s administration, Nippon Kaigi, and the LDP. Welcome to the new (old) reality of Japan. Brings to mind the old adage, “Can’t teach an old dog a new trick.”
The vote on the bill, which has been delayed three times amid widespread public opposition, came after a UN expert called the legislation “defective”, which elicited an angry response from Abe himself.
Joseph Cannataci, the UN special rapporteur on the right to privacy, said that the Japanese government used “the psychology of fear” to push through “defective legislation.”
Critics argue that gathering information on perceived plots would require expanded police surveillance. The legislation has been compared to Japan’s “thought police”, who existed throughout the nation’s history, including WWII.
Abe, the LDP, are Nippon Kaigi front men. Nippon Kaigi are a powerful group of cry babies who lost their power in the aftermath of WWII. They are the Shinto Cult group, that spew imperial godlike existence of the emperor, and Japan as the people who are supposed to rule over the barbaric hoards. Generally, that means you and me. The LDP insists the law is necessary to target global organized crime, and to improve Japan’s anti-terrorism measures as it prepares to host the 2000 Olympics.
“It’s only three years until the Tokyo Olympics, so I’d like to ratify the treaty on organized crime as soon as possible so we can cooperate with other nations to prevent terrorism,” Abe told reporters. “That’s why the law was enacted.”
But the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, an impotent, powerless, and useless organization, and other critics point out that offenses covered by the law include those with no connection whatsoever to terrorism or organized crime. They say the law is really aimed at protesters who are critical of Abe, Nippon Kaigi, the LDP, and copyright infringement. Yes, protests, and copyright infringement, are now acts of terrorism in Japan.
The legislation is clearly part of Abe’s broader mission to increase state power, the power of the prime minister, and the return of Japan’s emperor to worship status.
Despite government assurances to the contrary, the target of the law is ordinary citizens, and to stifle decent. Renho Murata, leader of the opposition Democratic party, said Abe’s administration pushed through a “brutal” law that infringes even upon freedom of thought. Critics fear that the law, combined with a widening of legal wiretapping and the reluctance of courts to limit police surveillance powers, would deter grassroots opposition to government policies.
A Kyodo news agency survey last month showed voters are split over the bill, with support at 39.9% and opposition at 41.4%.
Thousands of people demonstrated in front of the parliament building, denouncing the new law as “autocratic” and vowing to prevent Japan from turning into a “surveillance society”. “Peaceful demonstrations is now prohibited, and we that oppose this legislation are now viewed as terrorists.” Miyuki Masuyama, a 54-year-old woman, told Kyodo news. “Our freedom of expression is now threatened.”
At a time when Japan is struggling to keep foreign business operating in the country, no doubt this law will further wreak havoc to the nation’s economy that is already spiraling downward.