As Japan prepares to host the entire world for the Olympics in 2020, the nation is turning to controversial legislature to “protect” its citizens from terrorism.
The world has certainly become a frightening place in recent years. Radical Islamic extremism is on the rise, despite what many globalists and leftists will attempt to tell you, and nations across the globe are reeling from a massive uptick in terrorism. Asia, while not particularly well-targeted by these Muslim miscreants, has its own set of problems as well, with madman Kim Jong Un leading his North Korean people into a war of words with the rest of the entire world, threatening a nuclear apocalypse should he continue to feel disrespected.
Now, with Japan set to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, the archipelago nation has been hard at work preparing measures that would ensure the safety of the often-targeted event. Unfortunately, however, the precautions that they are taking are Orwellian at best, totalitarian at worst, and have many proponents of freedom concerned for the Japanese people.
“As dawn broke in Tokyo on Thursday, bleary-eyed lawmakers voted to pass the so-called anti-conspiracy bill, which the government says is needed to bolster counter-terrorism precautions ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Opposition lawmakers pulled out an array of political tricks to delay the vote until morning.
“Under the bill, terrorist groups or criminal organizations could be punished for the planning of 277 crimes, which range from arson to copyright violation. Critics say the legislation is vague and could lead to the suppression of civil liberties and excessive state surveillance.
“The legislative win paves the way for Abe to push ahead with his long-held ambition to revise the pacifist constitution that has defined Japan’s security policy since World War II. Last month, he proposed an amendment to recognize the existence of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces while maintaining Article 9, which renounces the right to war and prohibits land, sea and air forces. He wants the change to take effect by 2020.
“Joseph Cannataci, the United Nation’s special rapporteur on the right to privacy, wrote an open letter to Abe last month expressing concern about increased surveillance under the anti-conspiracy bill. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the letter was ‘inappropriate’ and denied that the law would lead to excessive surveillance.”
To their credit, the Japanese people are not thoroughly impressed or excited about the bill either. Over 75% of the Japanese population have demanded further explanation of the way in which these laws will be enforced, and only about 40% of those polled believe that the bill is a step in the right direction.
Like other “Big Brother” bills, Japan’s latest move is a huge setback for privacy advocates who have likened such legislation to “thought crime” conspiracies, much like the moral dilemma at the center of Tom Cruise’s sci-fi thriller “The Minority Report”. The intent to commit a crime is certainly not the same as committing that crime, and by blurring that line, many global citizens are concerned about setting a dangerous precedent for international authorities.