Japan Protests Against UN Expert’s Queries

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Japan on Monday protested against a letter to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe from a UN independent expert’s queries on bill to fight terrorism.

The UN raised concerns that planned legislation targeting conspiracies to commit terrorism and other crimes could allow police to trample civil liberties.

The protest by Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga drew a stiff rejoinder from Joseph Cannataci, UN special rapporteur on the right to privacy, who blasted Suga’s comments as “angry words” with “no substance” in an email to Reuters.

The lower house of Japan’s parliament is expected to approve the bill as early as Tuesday, setting the stage for enactment.

Tokyo says the legal changes are needed to ratify a UN treaty aimed at battling international organized crime and fighting terrorism, as Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Olympics.

Opponents see the proposals as part of…

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