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Extending the Police State: Japan’s anti-terrorism Laws Cover much More than Terrorism

Japan is a benign police state, but make no mistake, it is a police state nonetheless. For example: the Japanese police can hold you without charge for up to 23 days. If arrested they boast a 99% conviction rate. Only countries run by dictators can compete with that rate of conviction.

Convictions are regularly extracted from confessions. Victims of the Japanese police talk of being tortured including sleep deprivation in order to have a confession signed. Judges still routinely rubber stamp the guilty verdict after a confession has been extracted. Amnesty International and other protest groups have Japan in their cross-hairs.

By simply liking a Facebook post about an act of protest can get you into trouble. This is Japan, not North Korea.

Article below is Originally from Tokyo Zebra

Japan Anti-Terrorism Law – Tourists May Be Unknowingly Arrested – Complete List of 277 Crimes


Japan passed an Anti-Terror Conspiracy Law on May 29, 2017.  The Law itself consists of 277 acts.   Simply planning or talking about performing one the 277 acts on platforms such as social media, can result in a visit by the police and jail time.  Perhaps even Liking or Sharing something related to one of the 277 crimes can get you arrested.  The idea behind this Law, is it enables Law-enforcement to arrest and prosecute anyone who plans and discusses crimes even if those crimes are never committed. The Japan Federation of Bar Associations and other critics say that some of the 277 acts have no obvious connection to organized crime or terrorism.  This is alarming because in Japan, Authorities can hold a suspect for up to 23 DAYS and can deny the suspect legal representation before the Japan Authorities decide to file charges.  If the suspect is officially charged for the crime, conviction rate in Japan is about 99%.


Unfortunately, there is little documented English information detailing the 277 acts listed under the new Anti-Terror Conspiracy Law.  The purpose of this article is to notify Japan Tourists and Foreign Residents in Japan about the 277 acts so they do not mistakenly violate the Anti-Terror Conspiracy Law.

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Note: The authors of this are not Lawyers nor are Professional Translators.  We simply want to share this information in English so that  Japan Tourists and Foreign Residents in Japan adhere to the the new Anti-Terror Conspiracy Law.  If you feel that some of the translation is incorrect please leave a note in the comment section below and we will update the English translation.  Also, please feel free to discuss your thoughts about the new Anti-Terror Conspiracy Law in the comment section below.







These acts don’t seem to have anything to do with Anti-Terrorism. Even if you don’t commit the crime, but you simply PLAN to do it, you can legally be arrested now. The debate is not whether or not these acts are illegal, because they have always been illegal, but rather the RIGHT Japan Authorities now have to arrest someone if they simply THINK someone is PLANNING to commit one of the 277 listed crimes.

1 Illegally avoiding Customs -Planning to sneak that salami in your suitcase or maybe not report all the cash in your bag?

2 Copyright Infringement – Do you have pirated songs on your phone or pirated movies on your PC?

3 Aviation risks – Planning on flying your drone in Tokyo, which could potentially crash into a plane or helicopter?

4 Damaging important cultural properties – Planning to visit some shrines or temples to maybe to write your name on the wall or hop onto a statue to take a picture?

5 Usage or Possession of cannabis – Are you from the Netherlands or a part of the United States where cannabis is legal?  Planning to to ask around for it when you arrive in Japan?

6 Prostitution – Receiving compensation – Any girls (or guys) visiting Japan planning to go on that Sex Hustle?

7 Facilitation or provision of a prostitute or sex worker in the arrangement of a sex act with a customer.  – Also known as Pimping.

8 Forest theft in the area of forest reserves – Planning to take some mushrooms or cherry blossoms home with you?

9 Accessoryship to civil commotion and others – Ever hit the like/share button on Facebook or any other social media platform regarding protests or civil injustice?

10 Obstruction of business by damaging a computer.  Ever get pissed off by an employer or business and plan on damaging their computers?

All of these act are considered Terrorist acts in Japan.  Even jokingly commenting that you will perform one of these acts on Social Medial can get you arrested.   Please be careful with your comments.



(Penal Code)

• Accessoryship to civil commotion and others

• Arson of inhabited building

• Arson of uninhabited building

• Arson to objects other than a building

• Damaging inhabited buildings by flood

• Damaging uninhabited buildings by flood

• Endangering traffic

• Overturning of trains

• Pollution of water supplies

• Pollution of water supplies with poisonous materials

• Damage or obstruction of a water supply system

• Bodily injury to others

• Kidnapping of minors

• Kidnapping for profit

• Kidnapping for transportation out of a Country

• Transportation of kidnapped persons out of a Country

• Receiving kidnapped person for abduction by accessoryship

• Receiving kidnapped person for profit

• Receiving kidnapped person for ransom

• Obstruction of business by damaging a computer

• Robbery

(Law for Punishment of Organized Crimes)

• Organized murder

• Organized illegal arrest or confinement

• Organized demand

• Organized kidnapping for ransom

• Organized obstruction of business by force

• Organized damaging to buildings

(Explosives Control Act )

• Production, import, possession and order [of explosives or related material]

• Production and import of explosives by accessoryship

• When there is no evidence that an act is not for production, import, possession and order = Article 1

(Convention for the Protection of Submarine Telegraph Cables)

• Damaging submarine telegraph cables

(Foreign Exchange Act Penalty)

• Conducting transactions which will undermine the maintenance of international peace and security

• Conducting transactions designed to provide a special technology without permission

(Radio Law)

• Damaging radio facilities of the radio station provided for use of telecommunication business

(Cultural Properties Protection Law)

• Damaging important cultural properties

• Destroying of historic sites

(Road Transportation Law)

• Endangering automobile traffic on motor ways

• Overturning business automobiles

(Forestry Law)

• Arson of forest owned by others

(Special Criminal Law)

• Damaging military products

(Wire Telecommunications Law)

• Damaging wire telecommunication equipment

(Ordnance Manufacturing Act)

• Manufacturing guns without authorization

• Manufacturing ammunition without authorization

• Manufacturing sporting guns without authorization

(Gas Business Act)

• Damaging gas facilities

(Customs Law)

• Import of goods that are prohibited to import

• Reposition of goods that are not prohibited to import to a bonded area

• Export without authorization

• Transport of goods that are prohibited to export

(Self-Defense Force Law)

• Damaging weapons owned by the Self-Defense Force

(National Expressway Law)

• Damaging National roads

(Waterworks Law)

• Damaging city water facilities

(Firearms and Swards Control Law)

• Discharging guns, etc.

• Importing guns, etc.

• Possession of guns, etc.

• Assignment transfer of guns, etc.

• Assignment transfer of guns, etc. for profit

• Authorization by false approach

• Importing gun cartridges

• Possession of gun cartridges

• Assignment transfer of gun cartridges

• Possession of sporting guns

• Funding pertaining to import of guns, etc.

(Sewerage Law)

• Damaging sewerage facilities

(Road Traffic Law)

• Corrupt operation of signals

(Shinkansen Special Law)

• Damaging automatic train control device

(Electric Utility Industry Law)

• Damaging electric facilities

(Punishment Law of Submarine Cables Damage)

• Damaging submarine cables

• Damaging submarine pipelines

(Anti-highjack Law)

• Seizure of aircrafts

• Interrupting aircrafts operation

(Punishment Law of Petrol Bombs)

• Usage of petrol bombs

(Heat Supply Business Act)

• Damaging heat supply facilities

(Punishment Law of Aviation Risk Act)

• Aviation risks

• Crashing aircraft during flight

• Damaging aircrafts that is in service

• Carrying explosive substance into aircrafts in service

(Punishment Law of Hostage Extortion)

• Hostage extortion

• Hostage extortion by group

(Law against Biological Weapons)

• Usage of biological weapons

• Diverging biological agent

• Manufacturing biological weapons

• Possession of biological weapons

(Prevention Law of Mixing Poisonous Materials to Distribution Food)

• Mixing poisonous materials in the distribution food

(Prevention Law of Chemical Weapons)

• Usage of chemical weapons

• Releasing chemical weapons

• Manufacturing chemical weapons

• Possession of chemical weapons

(Prevention Law of Sarin Hostage)

• Releasing sarin, etc.

• Manufacturing sarin, etc.

(Communicable Diseases and Medical Care Law)

• Releasing bacterial pathogen

• Importing bacterial pathogen

• Possession of bacterial pathogen

• Importing viral pathogen

(Prevention Law of Anti-personnel Land Mine)

• Manufacturing anti-personnel land mines

• Possession of anti-personnel land mines

(Act for Punishment for Financing Criminal Activities for the Purpose of Intimidation of the General Public and of Governments)

• Financing by people or person who are to pursue criminal activities for the purpose of intimidation of the general public and of governments

• Financing by people or person who are not to pursue criminal activities for the purpose of intimidation of the general public and of governments

(Act for Punishment of Nuclear Radiation Exhalation)

• Exhalation of nuclear radiation

• Manufacturing nuclear fission device

• Possession of nuclear fission device

• Import and export of specific nuclear fuel material

• Threatening by declaration of radioactive substance usage

• Demanding by declaration of abstracting specific nuclear fuel material

(Anti-Piracy Law)

• Piracy actions

(Prevention Law of Cluster Munitions)

• Manufacturing cluster munition

• Possession of cluster munition


(Penal Code)

• Importation of opium for smoking

• Import of opium smoking implements

• Providing place for opium smoking

(Cannabis Control Law)

• Cultivation of cannabis

• Possession of cannabis

• Usage of cannabis

(Stimulants Control Law)

• Import of stimulants

• Possession of stimulants

• Possession of stimulants for profit

• Usage of stimulants

• Usage of stimulants for profit

• Application of non controllable stimulants

(Narcotic Control Law)

• Import of diacetylmorphine

• Pharmaceutical production of diacetylmorphine

• Pharmaceutical production of diacetylmorphine for profit

• Import of narcotic other than diacetylmorphine

• Pharmaceutical production of narcotic other than diacetylmorphine for profit

• Application of narcotic

• Import of psychotropic drugs

• Assistant transfer of psychotropic drugs

(Custom Law)

• Export of goods that are prohibited to export

(Opium Law)

• Cultivation of opium poppy

• Cultivation of opium poppy for profit

• Assistant transfer of opium

(Pharmaceuticals and Medical Device Agency Law)

• Manufacturing specified drugs as business

(Exceptional Measure Law for Narcotic)

• Concealing drug offense proceeds or the like


(Penal Code)

• Physically forced sexual assault

• Physically forced rape

• Sexual assault other than physically forced rape

• Rape other than physically forced rape

• Slave trade

(Labor Standards Law)

• Forced labor

(Employment Security Law)

• Employment placement involved with criminal assault

(Child Welfare Law)

• Child sexual misconduct

(Mariners’ Employment Security Act)

• Mariners’ employment placement involved with criminal assault

(Immigration Law)

• Forgery of resident cards

• Possession of forged residence cards

• Illegal entry of collective stowaways

• Transporting collective stowaways for profit

• Reception of collective stawaways

• Reception of refugee travel documents by fraud

• Harboring illegal entrants for profit

(Passport Law)

• Reception of passport by fraud

(Anti‐Prostitution Law)

• Receiving compensation

• Providing places as business

• Facilitation or provision of a prostitute or sex worker in the arrangement of a sex act with a customer

• Funding prostitution

(Worker Dispatch Law)

• Worker dispatching for hazardous work

(Special Provisions within the Immigration Act)

• Counterfeiting of special permanent resident certificate

• Possession of forged special permanent resident certificate

(Organ Transplant Law)

• Organ trade

(Act on Punishment of Child Prostitution and Child Pornography)

• Intermediation in child prostitution

• Solicitation of child prostitution

• Offers for an indefinite or large number of people such as the child pornography


(Penal Code)

• Counterfeiting of currency or uttering of counterfeit currency

• Counterfeiting of sealed official documents

• Making of false sealsed official documents

• False entries in the original of notarized deeds

• Uttering of counterfeit official documents

• Counterfeiting of sealed private documents

• Uttering of counterfeit sealed private documents

• illegal production of private electromagnetic record and offer for use

• illegal production of public electromagnetic record and offer for use

• Counterfeiting of securities

• Uttering of counterfeit securities

• Unauthorized creation of electromagnetic records of payment cards

• Possession of payment cards with unauthorized electromagnetic records

• Counterfeiting or unauthorized use of official seals

• Excavation of graves and damage of corpses

• Bribery

• Advance acceptance of bribe

• Passing of bribes to a third party

• Aggravated acceptance

• Acceptance after resignation of office

• Acceptance for exertion of influence

• Theft

• Theft of immovable property

• Constructive robbery

• Drugging-robbery

• Computer fraud

• Malpractice

• Fraud of minors, mentally handicapped, or someone not in control of their mental facilities

• Usurpation

• Reception of stolen articles with compensation

(Law of Punishment for Organized Crimes)

• Organized destruction of seals

• Organized damage of assets aimed for obstruction of compulsory execution

• Organized obstruction of compulsory execution action

• Organized interference of sell related to compulsory execution action

• Organized habitual gambling

• Organized gambling place for the purpose of gain

• Organized damage to credit; obstruction of business

• Organized fraud

• Organized threat

• Actions to control proprietorship illegally profited corporate bodies

• Concealment of criminal profits

(Law of Counterfeiting of Foreign Currency)


• Import of forged foreign currencies

• Uttering of forged foreign currencies

(Law of Punishment for Stamp Crimes)

• Counterfeiting

• Usage of counterfeited stamps

(Mail Law)

• Counterfeiting stamps

(Financial Instruments and Exchange Act)

• Submission of securities registration statement containing false statement

• Insider trading

(House Race Law)

• Unlicensed course racing

(Bicycle Racing Law)

• Unlicensed bicycle racing

(Motorbike Racing Law)

• Unlicensed motorbike racing

(Cultural Properties Protection Law)

• Unauthorized export of important cultural properties

(Local Taxation Law)

• Illegal manufacturing of light oil

• Tax evasion on light oil delivery tax

(Commodity Futures Law)

• Pump and dump of transactions on a commodity market

(Act on Investment Trusts and Investment Corporations)

• Intimidation act regards to reception and provision of benefits regarding the exercise of rights of investors

(Motorboat Racing Law)

• Unlicensed motorboat racing

(Forestry Law)

• Forest theft in the area of forest reserves

• Transporting stolen goods in forest theft

(Customs Law)

• Illegally avoiding Customs

(Investment Law)

• Contract with usurious interest rate

• Contract with usurious interest rate for business

• High warranty fee

• Usurious interest rate with warranty fee

• Evasion of law of usurious interest rate for business

(Act for Normalization of Grants)

• Delivery and reception of grants by wrongful means

(Patent Law)

• Infringement of patents

(Utility Model Act)

• Infringement of utility model rights

(Design Act)

• Infringement of copyright

(Trademark Law)

• Infringement of trademark rights

(Income Tax Law)

• Evasion and Exemption of income tax by deception or other wrongful means

• Default of income tax

(Corporation Tax Law)

• Exemption of corporation tax by wrongful means

(Copyright Law)

• Infringement of copyright

(Waste Disposal Law)

• Unauthorized solid waste management business

(Money Lending Business Act)

• Unregistered business operation

(Consumption Tax Law)

• Exemption of consumption tax by wrongful means

(Species Conservation Law)

• Capturing national endangered species

(Unfair Competition Law)

• Infringement of trade secret

• Unfair competition

(Insurance Business Law)

• Intimidation act for benefit sharing exercise of rights of shareholder

(Sports Promotion Lottery Law)

• Unqualified sports promotion lottery

(Seeds and Seedings Law)

• Infringement of breeder’s right

(Act on Securitization of Assets)

• Intimidation act for benefit sharing exercise of employees’ rights

(Civil Rehabilitation Law)

• Fraudulent rehabilitation

• Provision of security to specific creditors

(Law of Certification Business of Japan Agency for Local Authority Information Systems of Electronic Signatures)

• Untruthful issue of electronic signature certificate

(Corporate Reorganization Law)

• Fraudulent rehabilitation

• Provision of security to specific creditors

(Bankruptcy Law)

• Fraudulent bankruptcy

• Provision of security to specific creditors

(Corporation law)

• Endangerment to corporate assets

• Using false document

• Mutual deposition

• Over issuance of shares

• Giving or acceptance of a bribe in relation to exercise of a right of a shareholder

• Intimidation act for benefit sharing exercise of rights of shareholder

(Act on Special Measures concerning the Handling of Pollution by Radioactive Materials)

• Abandonment such as contaminated wastes


(Penal Code)

• Aggravated escape

• Removal of detainees

• Assistance in escape

• Perjure

(Law for Punishment of Organized Crimes)

• Harboring of criminals in organized crimes

(Explosives Control Act)

• Usage and manufacturing of explosives and harboring criminals

(Special Criminal Law)

• Perjure

(Act on Cooperation for the International Criminal Court)

• Destruction of evidence of organized crimes

• Perjure



Terrorist groups and other organized crime groups

【In What Case Does It Apply?】

・In the case an ‘Organized Crime Group’ is planning a serious crime;

・agreed to commit a crime, assigned roles;

・and have preparatory act to committing a crime.

【What is Preparatory Act?】

・’Arrangement of materials and funds’ , ‘preliminary inspection of related site(s)’ and others.

・In a national assembly, as specific examples, ‘withdrawing money to buy weapons’ , ‘booking a flight to highjack’, ‘preliminary inspection of scene of the crime’ and etc. were mentioned.

・What would be considered preparatory act will be judged by Crime Investigation Team.

【What is Subjected Crimes?】

・The law is applied to 277 crimes.

(by Democratic Progressive Party Shiori Yamao, 2017/4/17 Administrative Surveillance of Settlement of Lower House surveillance)

This is the original Japanese text.





























































































































(民進党・山尾志桜里氏 2017/4/17衆院決算行政監視委)

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