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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 warnin…

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 ci…

Can Laws Control Japan’s Hate Epidemic?Furuya Tsunehira

On May 24, the National Diet finally took action to stem Japan’s rising tide of racism and xenophobia with the nation’s first law targeting hate speech. Furuya Tsunehira assesses the impact and limitations of this legislation and the challenges that remain if Japan is to control the pestilence in advance of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Timeline for May 2016

US President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima, the Group of Seven summit is held in Mie Prefecture, and Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors enter a capital alliance. Look back on the major Japan news stories of May 2016.

The Roots and Realities of Japan’s Cyber-NationalismFuruya Tsunehira

The prevalence of anti-Korean and anti-Chinese hate speech on Japanese websites has raised concerns about the spread of a virulent strain of right-wing cyber-nationalism in Japan. Furuya Tsunehira traces the rise of Japan’s “Internet right-wingers” and dispels some myths about their identity and potential impact.

Tokyo’s Multiplying Ethnic Enclaves

South Korean soccer fans drew people and attention to Tokyo's Koreatown in Shin-Ōkubo during the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In the years since then, Japan's capital has seen a proliferation of foreign communities.

The Growing Ranks of Japan’s “Mellow Rebels”

The yankī (delinquent youth) of Japan today have grown soft. These “mild yankees” are socially conservative, notes Harada Yōhei, the author of Yankī Keizai (Yankee Economics), but are not politically so, correcting a misconception that they are behind the recent spate of hate speech protests.

The Illusion of “Rising Nationalism”: Internationalism and Xenophobia in Today’s JapanKarube Tadashi

Both in Japan and overseas, journalists have been expressing concern about the rise of nationalism under Prime Minister Abe Shinzō. A political scientist questions the validity of these worries.

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