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Kawasaki prepares to implement criminal penalties for hate speech

  • June 20, 2019
  • , Kanagawa Shimbun , Lead story
  • JMH Translation

On June 19, Kawasaki City Mayor Norihiko Fukuda announced that he is considering incorporating criminal penalties in a city ordinance to regulate hate speech. The mayor is committed to enacting an ordinance to ban and eradicate all forms of discrimination. Bearing in mind that hate speech offenses have occurred repeatedly in the city, the mayor decided that stricter measures are needed to ensure the effectiveness of the ordinance. If enacted, it will be the first ordinance in Japan to apply criminal penalties to hate speech.


“I will aim to eliminate discrimination in the city based on my determination to never tolerate discrimination in any form,” said Mayor Fukuda. “With the collective will of the citizens, we will create an ordinance suitable for a city where diverse groups of people gather and reside.” (Abridged)

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