Japan eyes crackdown on foreign poaching, tougher penalties

November 7, 2014 4:51 am 

TOKYO, Nov. 6 — Japan will take more steps to crack down on Chinese poaching of red coral, the top government spokesman said Thursday, amid growing calls from ruling party lawmakers for tougher penalties.

"We'd like to urge relevant ministries and agencies to consider it and take appropriate steps swiftly to make sure we can clamp down (on poaching) effectively," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a regular press conference after receiving a resolution from Liberal Democratic Party lawmakers urging tokyo to step up measures and take a firmer stand against China.

The ruling coalition of the LDP and the Komeito party are considering submitting bills to the current extraordinary Diet session concluding at the end of November to impose stricter penalties by revising three existing laws on fishing, senior party lawmakers said. "It's a pressing issue," one of the lawmakers said. (PNA/Kyodo)



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