Top court finalizes ruling against anti-Korean group’s hate speech
Supreme Court upholds compensation ruling against 'hate speech' group
On December 9, 2014, The Supreme Court of Japan finalized a High Court's ruling. Zaitokukai and some of its members have to pay about 12 million yen to a Korean school.(I wrote an article when the High Court decided to uphold a lower court's ruling. Please see the article if you want to know details of this ruling.)
Zaitokukai is a famous racism group in Japan. Its members often do demonstrations against Korean and Chinese in major cities of Japan, they insist "Let's kill Koreans", "Cockroach, maggot", "Koreans, hang yourself, drink poison, jumping off", "Process Koreans at a public health center", "You may rape Korean women", etc.
The racists insisted their speeches must be protected by the speech of the freedom. Stupid joke! The speech of the freedom is not a toy of the racists. Of course, I strong support the ruling of the Supreme Courts. It is a very small step, but I wish the step become a great step against racism.
However, the problem isn't easy. LDP, the biggest political party in Japan that will win an election on December 14, 2014. But some members of the Cabinet have strong relationship with Zaitokukai, neo-Nazi or other racism groups.
One significant example, Eriko Yamatani, the chairperson of National Public Safety Commission, who has strong relationship with Zaitokukai. Of course, Zaitokukai is an enemy of the Commission.
In addition, LDP has managed J-NSC(Jimin Net Supporters' Club). It is a famous open secret, J-NSC is club of racists. LDP uses racists to expand its support, to attack rival parties, to insult people who are opposed to its policies and other various actions in the Internet.
Certainly, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is not only a revisionist, he is also a racist. His facebook is being a nest of racists, I can't suppress to feel sick when I read it.
In the last month, his account shared a link to very famous hate-speech site "Hoshu sokuho" on his facebook. "Hoshu sokuho" means "Conservative Breaking News", but contrary to this name, the site is not a news site as we think.
This site collects many insults, unjust accusations and false rumors against Korean, Chinese and minorities from an anonymous bulletin board, edits it to make sensational stories and designs it to fuel discrimination. To fuel discrimination brings more visitors, more visitors bring more money to the site owner.
Already I knew Abe is a racist, but this problem gave me a strong shock. Because it means he doesn't need to hide his racism from Japanese people in an election period.
Why? Because the Japanese society is very tolerant towards racism. Moreover, not few people are enjoying racism.
The Internet, the main battlefield of J-NSC, that is an obvious example. Japanese Twitter is the door to hell, it seems like a collection room of hate-speeches. Lots of insults and false rumors spread false images to many people.
I love books, and I love bookstores. But today, some bookstores have also become a sinister space. Many giant publishers have published tons of hate-speech books, many bookstores recommend and make a speciality area for this kind of books. Publisher and bookstore staff said the books are sold well and constantly.
For example, some bookstores recommend and try to sell very actively these kind of books:
"Dai kenkan jidai"(Big age of hate Korea) - Written by Makoto Takada, the former president of Zaitokukai. Shosen Grande bookstore recommended this book on Twitter.
"Chukan ron"(Punish Korea Theory) - A label of this book: "This is already a kill Korea theory!"
"Iki wo suruyou ni uso wo tsuku kankoku"(Korea tells lies as take a breath)
"Kankoku wa dorehodo nippon ga kirai ka"(How much Korea hates Japan)
"Gukan shinron"(Foolish Korea new theory)
"2014 nen, chugoku wa houkai suru"(In 2014, China will be collapse) - Hurry up! Today is the middle of December, 2014. Remaining time is only less than 3 weeks!
The Internet and publishing media are already invaded by racism. Why can we believe decency of broadcasting media? In fact, some TV and radio programs use indelicate racists. In addition, Abe sent revisionists and yes-men like Hyakuta and Momii to the NHK(Japanese public broadcaster like BBC) committee.
After the Meiji restoration was succeeded, the empire of Japan became a great power country. Then after the World War 2, Japan became the economic leader of Asia till other countries appeared as a rival. I think this long period had created and fed the idea of racial discrimination in Japan.
I must fight against racism. But it means not only to fight against racists like Zaitokukai or some politicians, it is challenging the common sense of Japan.
It is very hard and hopeless fight. However, I can't join, and I can't ignore racists who stab minorities with knives of discrimination, absolutely.