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Kanagawa man referred to prosecutors for intimidating anti-hate speech activist

Zainichi Korean Choi Kangija, center, holds a press conference after a man calling himself a racist was referred to prosecutors on suspicion of intimidation for threatening to harm Choi on Twitter, in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward, on May 24, 2018. (Mainichi)

KAWASAKI -- Police have sent documents to prosecutors here accusing a 50-year-old man of tweeting threats to harm an anti-hate speech activist, it has been learned.

The Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture resident is suspected of intimidation for allegedly threatening to harm 44-year-old activist Choi Kangija , an ethnic Korean resident of Japan, or "Zainichi Korean." The papers were sent to the Kawasaki Branch of the Yokohama District Public Prosecutors Office by the Kanagawa Prefectural Police's Kawasaki station.

"I was scared that the posts might become a reality," Choi said at a Tokyo press conference on May 24, the second anniversary of the Act on the Promotion of Efforts to Eliminate Unfair Discriminatory Speech and Behavior against Persons Originating from Outside Japan being enacted in the Diet. Even then, she said, "I couldn't allow him to succeed in threatening me into silence."

Choi reported the man to the Kawasaki Police Station in August 2016.

(Japanese original by Yuhi Sugiyama, Yokohama Bureau)

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