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Q&A on Japan's conspiracy legislation

After past failures to pass bills for prosecuting criminal plots, Tokyo takes terrorism angle

Osaka police train for stopping an attack by a gun-wielding terrorist.

TOKYO -- Japan's government approved a bill Tuesday for introduction in the Diet that would allow prosecuting would-be terrorists for preparing to carry out an attack. But past attempts to define what constitutes criminal conspiracy have failed to pass the parliament. Here are some points to know about the controversial new proposal.

Q: Why is the Abe government in such a hurry to have this bill passed?

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