Japan to Conduct First Survey on Hate Speech Against Foreigners (News)


Tokyo, Oct. 31 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese Justice Ministry said Monday it will conduct a survey on hate speech against foreigners in the country for the first time ever, with a view to improving human rights.

The survey will cover 18,500 foreign residents randomly selected in a total of 37 cities and wards in 16 prefectures, including Tokyo's Minato Ward, the city of Ota, Gunma Prefecture, the city of Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the city of Osaka, all with relatively large foreign communities.

Questionnaires in 13 languages, including English, Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Portuguese and Vietnamese, will be mailed to foreign residents on Nov. 14, and they will be asked to give responses by Dec. 5.

Survey items will include whether they have encountered discrimination or prejudice when interacting with Japanese people, whether they have experienced discrimination in daily situations such as looking for housing and eating at restaurants, and what policies are needed to eradicate discrimination and prejudice.

The ministry will release findings from the survey by the end of next March.

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