Osaka delays decision on establishment of ordinance banning hate speech, which would be the first of its kind in Japan
  • The municipal council of Japan’s third-largest city has been considering an ordinance that would criminalize hate speech motivated by race or national origin.
  • It has delayed its final decision as some assembly members have expressed concerns over free speech infringement, choosing instead to join the more than 100 other local governments who have issued legally nonbinding statements.
  • If approved, the ordinance would likely establish a five-member council to review hate speech allegations; if found guilty, perpetrators would be named on the city website and victims could receive financial assistance for legal aid.

“In recent years, hate speech directed at foreigners in Japan with a specific nationality has taken place, creating concern about human rights problems involving foreigners. In the streets of Osaka as well, demonstrations involving hate speech have frequently occurred.”

More on this story at The Japan Times.