Japan ratifies UN organised crime convention following passing of anti-conspiracy law

On 11 July 2017, Japan ratified the UN Convention against Transnational Organised Crime (the "Convention").

The ratification of the Convention follows the Japanese government's passing of a contentious new anti-conspiracy law last month (reported in our June 2017 update). The new law broadens authorities' ability to target terror-related and other organised criminal activities. Critics are concerned that the enhanced police power, along with the vaguely defined nature of the groups that may be targeted, could interfere with civil liberties. 

The Japanese government has presented the law as being essential for ratifying the Convention, as well as being necessary to tackle terrorism leading up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

On the same day, Japan also submitted to the UN an instrument of acceptance of the UN Convention against Corruption.