Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter provides only an overview to lay the basis for a detailed future analysis of the implementation of the subversive activities prevention law (SAPL). It presents a list of eight cases that were prosecuted under the SAPL against individuals. The chapter then discusses Sarin gas attacks in the Mid-1990s. It states that individuals have been charged with violations of the SAPL and the Supreme Court has declared articles 38, 39, 40 to be constitutional. The nature of Public Security Investigation Agency (PSIA) as a permanent government organization vs one as a temporary organization responding to a special exigency of communist attacks, assassinations, and perhaps an attempt to create a climate for insurrection in the 1950s was always just below the surface. The SAPL by legislative history was aimed unmistakably at violent destructive activities being carried out by the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) and supporting organizations.

Keywords: Japanese communist party (JCP); public security investigation agency (PSIA); Sarin gas attacks; subversive activities prevention law (SAPL)



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Subversive Activities Prevention Law of Japan — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation