Monthly Archives: September 2014

Government defines Hate Speech

There was an interesting piece on Newswatch 9 tonight, also available on the NHK web site, covering what local governments think about Hate Speech. 94% of 90 prefectures, major cities and the Tokyo 23 wards said it was a problem, 4% weren’t sure, and none said it wasn’t. Furthermore, 41% felt legislation was needed, just 2% that it wasn’t, and 53% didn’t know or otherwise sat on the fence.

Finally, an official definition of hate speech from the Justice Minister was presented:

人種や国籍、ジェンダーなどの特定の属性を有する集団をおとしめたり、差別や暴力行為をあおったりする言動、あるいは少数者集団に対する侮辱、名誉毀損、憎悪、排斥、差別などを内容とする表現行為

That sounds quite succinct and to the point to me. What do others think?

Calling the Dokdo Crusader!

I couldn’t help noticing parallels with Japan in this story from Korea, right down to these photos:

The story also has the old chestnut:

If I took a seat, the seat next to me would often remain empty even during rush hours in crowded subways

Paging Yokohama’s Osaka pal! (I note also that that guy’s son blamed his inability to get a convenience store job on his dreadlocks, not on the colour of his skin; what a Blapologist!)

There’s also the hard to fathom being strangled by a Samsung employee in a taxi (how did that all come about – the lack of details lessens the impact, I feel) and this familiar statement:

the police refused to take any action on the grounds that “racial discrimination does not exist in Korea.”

There’s more on this reddit thread, including a link to a quite impressive Koreapologist:

“The billions of pieces of human genetic code sequenced thus far are most notable for what they do not appear to contain – a genetic test to tell one race of people from another. All scientific finds point to the conclusion that race doesn’t exist”
This means the Bible is correct and there is no such thing as racism, just hatred for others ― and that is sin. Korea is not racist and racism is not serious in this country; sin is, and that is not limited to the Korean people, for the westerner is as guilty as those they falsely accuse. 

Umm, if you say so.

 

Quite competent, but questions a-begging

Just Be Cause:

As my doctoral research demonstrated, “Japaneseness” is linked to physical appearance by Japan’s laws, law enforcement, public policy, jurisprudence and media messages.

While I can agree with some of that list, I’d love to learn what laws mention physical appearance. I’d also disagree that research can demonstrate things.

Permanent residents should claim their minority status themselves. After all, if you can stay here as a permanent part of a society, you can qualify as a minority.

I haven’t a clue about how I would go about claiming my minority status, and I’m not really sure I want to either.

That includes the foreign scholars of minority issues, who despite decades living in and researching in Japan, don’t appear to consider themselves members of a minority.

I’m not sure if this is some subtle dig against someone, or a boast, or what. And given he says “the foreign scholars”, is he implying none consider themselves a minority?

First, if the Japanese police must go gaijin hunting, then train them properly in immigration law.

“Must” they? Are you tacitly approving? :shock: Furthermore, the immigration law issue he brings up is, I think, more down to lazy news reporting than to ignorant police.

However, we can start off small by officially depicting Japaneseness as a legal status, not a bloodline-determined mystical concept entwined with racial purity.

Isn’t that how it is already officially seen – even Shintaro Ishihara says foreigners should naturalise if they want to vote, and I don’t think you can get much more officially Japaneseness than participating in elections here. What exactly do you mean?