The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approved Tuesday a controversial bill that would revise the organized crime law so authorities can crack down on individuals and organizations who conspire to engage in serious criminal activity.
The conspiracy charges apply to groups of two or more people, where at least one person procures funds, supplies or surveys a location in preparation for committing a crime. Efforts to maintain or expand organized crime groups would also be punished, while reduced penalties would be considered for those who turn themselves in before a crime is carried out.
The government is pushing to enact the revised bill during the ordinary Diet session through mid-June, but strong objections by opposition parties are expected amid concern that the law may be used against civic groups.
Learning Another Language Keeps Your Brain Fit and Healthy
People that speak more than one language often perform better on tests that measure problem solving, concentration, mental flexibility and multitasking. 複数の言語を話す人は多くの場合、問題解決や集中力、精神的柔軟性、マルチタスク能力を測定するテストでより良い成績を収める。
Bilingual brains have more grey matter. This part of the brain controls our muscles, sight, hearing, emotions, speech, and decision making. Learning another language makes our brains work harder and builds up our grey matter. バイリンガルの脳は灰白質が多い。 脳のこの部分は私たちの筋肉や視覚、聴覚、感情、言語、決断力をコントロールしている。 他言語の習得は、私たちの脳を活性化し灰白質を増やすのだ。