Photo/IllutrationScholars voice their opposition to the anti-conspiracy law at a news conference held June 18 in Tokyo. (Eiji Shimura)

A group of scholars calling for the just passed anti-conspiracy law to be repealed accused the Abe administration of engaging in "reckless acts that will destroy democracy."

The 62 intellectuals from a wide range of disciplines first formed to oppose national security legislation that passed the Diet in 2015. The Association of Scholars Opposed to the Security-related Laws has 14,000 or so members.

"The contents of the legislation and the procedures taken in the Diet were reckless acts that will destroy democracy," the group said in a statement June 18, calling for the abolition of the anti-conspiracy law that makes even planning a crime an offense in itself.

The group focused on the tactic used in the Upper House on June 15 to avoid a vote in committee and have the committee chairman present an interim report to the plenary session before holding a vote. The group said that method is only allowed under the Diet Law in times of emergency and argued that the passage of the anti-conspiracy was, therefore, illegal.

The group's statement also touched upon concerns raised about the legislation by a U.N. special rapporteur as well as the Abe administration's angry reaction to those comments.

The group said that such behavior serves only to jeopardize Japan's relations with the United Nations and endanger its national interests in the process.

A number of the scholars attended a news conference in Tokyo on June 18 to express their opposition to the anti-conspiracy law.

Kanako Takayama, a professor of criminal law at Kyoto University, said: "Japan has ratified the major international treaties dealing with terrorism and the necessary domestic laws have also been passed. The government's explanation that (the anti-conspiracy law) was needed to deal with terrorism is a falsehood."

Tatsuru Uchida, professor emeritus of modern French thought at Kobe College, said, "This law holds the basis for leading to the delusion that the government is allowing the suppression of anti-government activities."