Japanese study finds anti-Korean demonstrations subsiding but still ongoing
- The government study found that Zaitokukai, an anti-Korean nationalist organization, and other ultraconservative groups held 347 rallies in 2013, 378 in 2014, and 190 through September 2015.
- Anti-Korean sentiment has been fueled by territorial disputes, North Korea, and ongoing disagreements over the Korean woman enslaved as “comfort women” for the Japanese in WWII .
- In 2014, the Osaka High Court ordered Zaitukukai to pay ¥12 million following hate rallies in front of a Korean school in Kyoto.
“Japan’s first-ever hate speech probe finds rallies are fewer but still a problem” (The Japan Times)
“Abe eager to tackle hate speech” (The Japan News)
“Osaka assembly passes nation’s first ordinance against hate speech” (The Japan Times, January 2016)
(Image Credit: Satoko Kawasaki/The Japan Times)