High court upholds ruling against racist insults at Korean students
Japanese high court upholds ruling against anti-Korean activists’ hate speech
On October 7, 2013, a district court of Kyoto certified Zaitokukai's three times activities against a Korean school that are racism. The court ordered defendants to pay about 12 million yen to the Korean school.
On July 8, 2014, a high court of Osaka upheld the lower court's ruling.
I have the zero-tolerant policy against racism. I don't allow any Zaitokukai's activities/opinions of racism and strongly support the ruling.
Zaitokukai has insisted the activities are protected by the provision of the freedom of speech on the Constitution, further the actions did for public benefit. However,
"Process Koreans at a public health center, a dog is smarter than a Korean."
"Sickness gods of Japan, moths, maggots, cockroaches return to the Korean peninsula."
"Kick out Korean schools from Japan."
"Put garbage into a garbage can, Koreans return to the Korean peninsula."
"If drop feces, Koreans feed on it, hence please don't drop feces."
"A promise is made by a human and a human, it cannot be made by a human and a Korean."
Do you agree these speeches contribute public benefit and the speeches must be protected by the Constitution? I consider absolutely no, these are only racism. The provision of the freedom of speech is the fortune of Japan, but it isn't a toy of racists.
This ruling is new hope to fight against racism, but it's also only a small step. In today's Japan, racism is a very serious problem. Some people said "Zaitokukai's manners are unacceptable, but its opinions are right", some people oppose Zaitokukai but they have same opinions as Zaitokukai's.
I sometimes tried to negotiate with racists in the Internet. But they shouted to me "You are a Korean in Japan", "You are anti-Japan left-wing", "You must leave from Japan", "Go home, Korean". It's difficult to make a conversation.
Japan is in a difficult situation. Long term recession, hopeless future, looked down countries like S.Korea, China and other S.E. Asia countries are becoming stronger and stronger. These factors created and fed the monster. It is obviously outburst of anger, but the monster has become quite big, very hard to stop it.
When I went a bookstore, I felt shock and disgust. Because many books insult Korea and China that are recommended in an area of economic books. Of course, even if insult Korea and China, the situation of Japan isn't changing for better. I think it's completely meaningless, but it's a popular content in Japan.
(Of course, I didn't buy any books in this bookstore. Because I love books, I don't want to buy any books in a bookstore that doesn't love books.)
I think if they don't want to be defeated by Korea and China, they should buy skill books instead of meaningless rude books then study heavily. But they chose rude books and enjoyed to insult Korea and China. I don't understand what they think.
When fight against outrageous racism, cooperation with politicians is needed. But it's very difficult. Not few politicians are a racist, said discriminatory words naturally, have relation with racist groups. I have felt strong angry but the society of Japan is very tolerant towards racism.
Not only that, the biggest political party in Japan established and has managed a supporters' club to act in the Internet. It's a famous open secret, this organization is virtually a club of racists, the party uses racists for its benefit. Of course, not every members are a racist, but an excuse like this is pointless.
I don't know some of the members shouted words of racism in cities or not, but the members shouted words of racism same as Zaitokukai's in the Internet. They have disseminated lots of false rumors and insults about Korean, Chinese, rivals of the party or weak people.(like people in poverty, the disabled, minorities and victims of the 2011 earthquake/radiation accident)
Until to change the political situation, we haven't any hope to politics. For change this situation, each Japanese people have to face racism problems and fight against racism. It's the very very long way, I can't see the goal. But there is no other ways.
On July 7, the day pray at stars in some Asia countries. In Japan, people write their wish to small colorful papers then put the papers to a bamboo. I wish that racism is rid from Japan and the World.
The ruling of the district court of Kyoto on Oct. 7, 2013(PDF) by the courts of Japan(Japanese)
The record of hearing of the high court's ruling by arama000(Japanese)