Anti-Terror Conspiracy Law Is Modelled on the U.S. Patriot Act
Civilian surveillance was legalized by the U.S. Patriot Act, which was passed in 2001. This law, verging on being unconstitutional, was passed in the aftermath of 9/11. The country was prepared to pass an overzealous law in exchange for safety. This, however, has culminated in the loss of privacy and other civil liberties.
Meanwhile in Japan, Parliament passed the Anti-Terror Conspiracy Law as a terrorism countermeasure in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympics, due to be held in Tokyo.
This law was in fact modelled on the controversial Patriot Act. The U.S. law states that, whether a crime is committed or not, it is unlawful for 2 or more people to engage in planning criminal conduct.
The Abe government is boasting that its Anti-Terror Conspiracy Law is an effective countermeasure against terrorism, but we have evidence that its American counterpart failed to meet its desired objectives.
If anything, the outcomes were to the opposite of the expected results. Journalists began self-censorship to avoid direct criticism from the NSA, and the church was hindered from participating in politics.
The current surveillance practices in the U.S. have reached levels that equal, if not exceed, that of a socialist state.