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Kawasaki requests online posts be deleted for 1st time since anti-hate ordinance passed

The Kawasaki Municipal Government building. (Mainichi/Kenji Yoneda)

KAWASAKI -- The Kawasaki Municipal Government sent a document to a microblogging platform on Oct. 20 requesting that it delete two posts based on a human rights ordinance enacted in this city that prohibits hate speech.

    This marks the first time that the city government has recognized a case of hate speech and taken action against it since the ordinance came into force in July.

    The contents of the posts were defamatory toward Choi Kang-ija, a 47-year-old third-generation Korean resident of Japan living in the city's Kawasaki Ward. Based on the ordinance, the city government set up an expert panel with which to consult its response. It received a recommendation from the panel on Oct. 16 that "it would be appropriate to request deletion of the posts from the site."

    Going forward, the city government will announce on its website and official bulletin that the city had taken the step of requesting that a post that said, "Hurry up and go back to your homeland," and another post that said, "We will eliminate you as one that leeches off Japan to try to destroy it," be deleted.

    "We will continue to implement the ordinance without making a fuss if cases that apply come up," Kawasaki Mayor Norihiko Fukuda said.

    In addition to stipulating criminal penalties to those who repeatedly carry out hate demonstrations, the ordinance also states that measures will be taken to prevent the spread of discriminatory expressions online.

    (Japanese original by Kazuo Ichimura, Kawasaki Bureau)

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