Japan’s “hate speech” against other races has intensified in recent years. Among them, Kawasaki City, which is close to Tokyo, has been plagued by the Kawasaki City Government’s first bill with penalties in Japan. 500,000 yen fine, hope to stop discrimination and words.

The Japan Broadcasting Association (NHK) recently reported that the Kawasaki City Government announced the bill on the 15th to discriminate against the words and deeds such as hate speech. If the people do not follow the “advice” and “command” of the municipal government, they will continue to be racist and behave. 500,000 yen (about NT$140,000) fine.

●The draft bill prohibits racial discrimination
The Kawasaki City Government has set a goal of enacting the first law in Japan to punish discriminatory acts such as hate speech. In June, the draft was first published, and public comments were widely circulated for the content of the draft. The city government was officially announced on the 15th of this month. Bill.

The draft clearly prohibits discrimination or behavioral discrimination against non-Japanese originators in public places, such as inciting people to leave their current place of residence, threatening to harm other people’s body freedom and property, and making obvious words and humiliation.

If the public violates the regulations, the Kawasaki City Government will first give “advice” and “command” that do not continue to discriminate against words and deeds; if it is still unable to constrain the violators and words, and violate the rules within 6 months after giving the “command”, except In addition to the disclosure of personal names and group names, criminal reports will also be issued, and the court can impose a maximum fine of 500,000 yen.

The Kawasaki City Council, which will be held in the second half of this month, will formally file an anti-discrimination bill.

Kawasaki Mayor Fukuda said that in order to create a city without discrimination, it is the main reason for the establishment of regulations; he will try to explain to the parliament, hoping to be unanimously approved by all members.

Several “Korean and North Koreans” who settled in Kawasaki City also visited the Kawasaki City Government on the 8th of this month and proposed a petition to develop a more effective regulation to curb discrimination.

●Why is Kawasaki the first shot against discrimination?
According to the information of the Kawasaki City Council member of the Kawasaki City, in recent years, racial discrimination groups such as the “people who do not allow the privileged members of the day” have been marching and propaganda for hate speech throughout Japan, which has become a social problem.

The street propaganda held in front of JR Kawasaki Station in November 2012 should be the first time that hate speech entered Kawasaki City, and by the end of June 2015, the relevant groups had held 10 parades around Kawasaki Station.

As for why the hateful parade was held in Kawasaki, Kawasaki City, the official website of Kawasaki said that this is because there are many “in South Korea and North Korea” living in Kawasaki, and the Kawasaki City Government’s multicultural symbiosis has become racial discrimination. The protesters of the xenophobics.

Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported that hate speech began around 2013 and is growing in places like Tokyo’s Shin Okubo and Osaka’s Tsuruhashi. In Kawasaki City, hate gatherings or parades are often held in parks.

The Kawasaki City Government passed the countermeasures law against hate speech in 2016, but there is no clear penalty; the city government then announced guidelines in 2018, and will refuse to use public facilities such as parks as long as there are activities of hate speech and doubt, which is the first implementation in Japan. This kind of city government.

The Kawasaki City Government said that after the implementation of the countermeasures law, although there is no evidence of hate speech in the city, the city government officials said that there is still the possibility of hate speech in the future, so it is necessary to formulate regulations with penalties.

Kawasaki City has many “in Japan, South and North Korea” who lived with the Chinese and has long been a symbiotic society. However, because of the different ideas from the local Japanese, the opposition between the two sides has intensified and the level of chaos in Kawasaki has been deepened.

● Some Kawasaki people question the effectiveness of the regulations
Many people in Kawasaki are eager to formulate anti-discrimination regulations as soon as possible, but some members of the public are still in doubt.

A 30-year-old woman who lives in a Kawasaki district with a 2-year-old child said that many people gathered in front of the station and shouted loudly about language, making people feel uncomfortable and often scared children, hoping that such regulations would allow such behavior. Gradually disappeared, becoming an environment suitable for raising children.

Another 72-year-old man also said that even people from different countries must live in harmony and hope to pass the regulations as soon as possible.

However, a 58-year-old woman living in Kawasaki City’s Kyosaki District said that although the norms themselves are not wrong, even if regulations are formulated, it may be difficult to discriminate against them. It is necessary to think about why these people want to attack others.

A 76-year-old man living in Kawasaki District said that although hate speech should be eliminated, the penalty would not be too high. It should be done through more moderate means such as education.

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