Japan City Draws Up Guidelines to Prevent Hate Speech (News)


Kawasaki, Kanagawa Pref., Nov. 10 (Jiji Press)—The Kawasaki municipal government has compiled guidelines aimed at preventing hate speech at the city's public facilities, the first such local code in Japan.

The city, in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, hopes to put the guidelines into effect by the end of March 2018.

According to the guidelines, the municipal government can issue a warning, grant a permit with conditions, reject an application or cancel permission for the use of parks, city halls and other public facilities if it recognizes a specific risk of unjust and discriminatory acts or language by applicants, judged from objective facts.

To make decisions from a comprehensive viewpoint, the city plans to check applicants' activity history and postings on the Internet.

In order to ensure fairness, the municipal government will also seek opinions from a third-party organization including lawyers.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

Jiji Press hate speech discrimionation