Police said Monday that eight people were arrested in Tokyo's Okubo district on Sunday after two groups clashed over recent outbursts of anti-Korean hate speech in Tokyo.
TV Asahi reported that the groups faced off between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. and started fighting, using umbrellas and then their fists. Police moved in and arrested four members of "Zaitokukai" (Citizens Against Special Privileges for Zainichi), including their leader Makoto Sakurai, 41, as well as the leader of the anti-protestor group Kenji Kubo, 48, and three other members.
Police said that about 200 anti-Korean protestors faced off against 350 anti-protestors belonging to a group called Resistance Troops Against Those Who Discriminate (レイシスト人種差別主義者をしばき隊).
There have been several anti-Korean outbursts in Okubo this year, fueled by territorial and historical disputes between Japan and South Korea.© Japan Today