Ordinance against Hate Speech, LGBT Discrimination Enacted in Tokyo
Tokyo, Oct. 5 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan assembly enacted on Friday an ordinance designed to restrict hate speech and eliminate discrimination against LGBT, or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, in the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
The human-rights ordinance was approved by a majority vote at a plenary meeting of the assembly. It will take full effect next April.
Aimed at promoting the ideals of the Olympic Charter, including the elimination of discrimination and respect for diversity, the metropolitan ordinance calls on the Tokyo governor to set criteria to prevent the use of public facilities by individuals and groups recognized by the governor as showing discriminatory behavior.
The ordinance also stipulates that a basic plan be drawn up to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and that necessary efforts be promoted.
The ordinance, however, has been criticized by some as infringing freedom of speech.
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