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Man gets 4 years in prison for arson in Korean community in Kyoto

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The ruling by the Kyoto District Court in the trial of Shogo Arimoto was in line with the sentence demanded by prosecutors, who argued in previous hearings that he committed the crime "out of a hatred of Koreans." 

That might be so, but should be irrelevant in a sane legal system. A crime is a crime, regardless if committed out of "hate" or out of "love". Courts should be in the business of upholding the law, not policing peoples inner feelings. It seems that Western PC dogma has sadly reached Japan.

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I know it had nothing to do with the country itself but this man deserves to serve his sentence in a Korean prison.

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Worthless waste of space and taxpayers money. Hoping karma follows this scum around...

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‘Hundreds of thousands of people with Korean backgrounds live in Japan’…..yeah, they ‘live in Japan’ because they’re Japanese….strange that.

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Most of their ancestors came to Japan before and during the war.

"Came" to Japan... as if they had a choice in the matter. Keep on airbrushing your history, Japan.

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WilliB

That might be so, but should be irrelevant in a sane legal system. A crime is a crime, regardless if committed out of "hate" or out of "love". Courts should be in the business of upholding the law, not policing peoples inner feelings. It seems that Western PC dogma has sadly reached Japan

Intent is important, even in your precious America. If it were accidental, neglectful, revenge motivated, targeted (race, religion, orientation—which all were prosecuted in your country), for the lolz, etc. Each would have a different sentence, and indeed I would support such. Community service with financial assistance for accidental, up to jail & psychiatric time for the lolz.

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Lunatic.

They should make the punishment fit the crime.

Have the residents in the houses he burned, be allowed to set that guy on fire. See how he likes it.

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He said that while he had had no direct contact with people with Korean roots, he grew to hate them as a result of news reports regarding disputes over history related to Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

From the CW movement in the 1990s and culminating in the official anti-Japan policy of the previous Moon adnministration, the decades long anti-Japan sentiment in South Korea was bound to produce some people in Japan who would respond like this.

Very fortunately no one was injured and the perpetrator was convicted. Perhaps if Pres Yoon is successful in restoring SK-JPN relations, te two nations can work together to mutually make hate crimes officially punishable. The Zainichi in Japan, many who have been in Japan for generations should not be victimized by SK-JPN relations.

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Ossan do you have ties to America or even lived in America,you never say anything about America,the U S even with it own racial problem,racist are look down upon,can you name on thing that you can be made proud as an American

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OssanAmericaToday  08:49 pm JST

From the CW movement in the 1990s and culminating in the official anti-Japan policy of the previous Moon adnministration, the decades long anti-Japan sentiment in South Korea was bound to produce some people in Japan who would respond like this.

Very fortunately no one was injured and the perpetrator was convicted. Perhaps if Pres Yoon is successful in restoring SK-JPN relations, te two nations can work together to mutually make hate crimes officially punishable. The Zainichi in Japan, many who have been in Japan for generations should not be victimized by SK-JPN relations.

That you actually try to blame Korean policy for the violent actions of a racist is disgusting and misguided. There's animosity because Japan invaded Korea, tried to take the country for itself, and in the process murdered close to a million people. It wasn't the other way around was it. But not surprised that you again portray Japan as a victim.

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Only insecure people would use their country political issue to attack , individual or others thing

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juminRhee

Intent is important, even in your precious America. If it were accidental, neglectful, revenge motivated, targeted (race, religion, orientation—which all were prosecuted in your country), for the lolz, etc. Each would have a different sentence, and indeed I would support such.

Fwiw, I am not American, and my criticism of persecuting thought crime applies to American (mis)justice too, of course. Can you explain why would "support" that? Why exactly should a crime be judged differently, depending on the political opinion of the perpetator?

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Willb,I am an American,we have civil rights conspiracy laws,that add extra time and punishment,if the crime was motivated by racial hatred

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Yrral

Willb,I am an American,we have civil rights conspiracy laws,that add extra time and punishment,if the crime was motivated by racial hatred

OK, so what? My point was only that punishing "motivation" rather than a crime is wrong. That the Americans do it does not make right.

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@OssanJapan

Perhaps if Pres Yoon is successful in restoring SK-JPN relations

Yoon can't. You expect too much from a very unpopular president with a 28% approval - 68% disapproval rating; Not only the forced laborers have already declared they wouldn't accept anything less than the written apology by Japanese companies plus their contributions in compensation fund, but the Democratic party with supermajority already pledged to block any attempt by Yoon to have his administration compensate the forced laborers.

two nations can work together to mutually make hate crimes officially punishable.

Only Japan needs such hate crime law. Ask Japanese in Korea if they faced hate crimes. They will ask what hate crimes? When was the last time you heard the news of Japanese being attacked in Korea for being Japanese? Koreans don't hate Japanese people, they only hate LDP and rightwing politicians.

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OK, so what? My point was only that punishing "motivation" rather than a crime is wrong. That the Americans do it does not make right.

Your point was? Did you perhaps use the wrong account to reply?

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 Koreans don't hate Japanese people, they only hate LDP and rightwing politicians.

From what I've seen, that's only partially true.

Only Japan needs such hate crime law.

I hope any such hate laws includes hate directed against Japanese by Koreans.

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Most of their ancestors came to Japan before and during the war.

"Came" to Japan... as if they had a choice in the matter. Keep on airbrushing your history, Japan.

As if they didn't... Of course they chose to come to Japan for better lives. They tried to come even while Japan

restricted inflow of Koreans into Japan. and Your point was....?

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Abolish SPR status for all those Zainichi. We don't need ChongRyon, nor Mindan here in Japan. Treat all those as ordinary Koreans just as ordinary foreigners unless they chose to naturalize.

That way friction with Zainichi would gradually disappear.

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Abolish SPR status for all those Zainichi. We don't need ChongRyon, nor Mindan here in Japan. Treat all those as ordinary Koreans just as ordinary foreigners unless they chose to naturalize.

That way friction with Zainichi would gradually disappear.

I think it's worth trying, but I'm not sure how the Zainichi would feel about that.

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@kennyG

Abolish SPR status for all those Zainichi.

SPR was in place of the citizenship that Japan stripped of.

Treat all those as ordinary Koreans just as ordinary foreigners unless they chose to naturalize.

Mindan folks won't naturalize now, now that Korea is wealthier and more developed than Japan is. As for the ChongRyon folks, most of them already acquired ROK passports.

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SPR was in place of the citizenship that Japan stripped of.

The fact is that SK made Japan strip them off by claiming " Do not treat them as Japanese" "and yet " Take good care of them as we can't afford them now here in this country" Basically it dumped them all.

Japan agreed on treaty 1965 which SK ripped off already. Regardless, Japan is not in the position to take care under SPR of none but 1st generation

Mindan folks won't naturalize now, now that Korea is wealthier and more developed than Japan is. As for the ChongRyon folks, most of them already acquired ROK passports.

Then both are all the more unnecessary here in Japan

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Slap on the wrist for a hate crime, arson, and attempted murder. Geeze

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Yrral

I am an American,we have civil rights conspiracy laws,that add extra time and punishment,if the crime was motivated by racial hatred

What the American legal system has or does not have is irrelevant to this story. This about Japan and the nonsensical concept persecuting "hate" that has crept into the Japanese legal system.

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People immigrated to US of America, or Canada dreaming of becoming of citizens of those nations someday.

They might tend to live together creating China Town, Korean Town, Italian Town...etc , yet at the bottom line they are proud of being American or Canadian citizens.

On the other hand, the people hate the country where they were born and got raised and still living claiming Japan is not the country only for Japanese and Zainichi is a name of nationality here in Japan.

Look how badly skewed the situation has been for long time. WE NEED TO FIX IT.

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Mindan folks won't naturalize now, now that Korea is wealthier and more developed than Japan is. As for the ChongRyon folks, most of them already acquired ROK passports.

Given how LDP elites hypocritically receive money from Korean Moonies, we can safely say that Japanese elites aren't even as rich as originally thought. These hypocrites live on Korean cash, Chinese consumers/investments, and Vietnamese labor but they spent their lives bashing Koreans and other foreigners.

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Given how LDP elites hypocritically receive money from Korean Moonies, we can safely say that Japanese elites aren't even as rich as originally thought. These hypocrites live on Korean cash, Chinese consumers/investments, and Vietnamese labor but they spent their lives bashing Koreans and other foreigners.

You mean Japanese cash extorted from Japanese by Korean Moonies ?

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MilesTegAug. 30  10:14 pm JST

OssanAmericaToday  08:49 pm JST

From the CW movement in the 1990s and culminating in the official anti-Japan policy of the previous Moon adnministration, the decades long anti-Japan sentiment in South Korea was bound to produce some people in Japan who would respond like this.

Very fortunately no one was injured and the perpetrator was convicted. Perhaps if Pres Yoon is successful in restoring SK-JPN relations, te two nations can work together to mutually make hate crimes officially punishable. The Zainichi in Japan, many who have been in Japan for generations should not be victimized by SK-JPN relations.

That you actually try to blame Korean policy for the violent actions of a racist is disgusting and misguided. There's animosity because Japan invaded Korea, tried to take the country for itself, and in the process murdered close to a million people. It wasn't the other way around was it. But not surprised that you again portray Japan as a victim.

Utterly false and indicative of the mentality that has produced the anti-JP sentiment and the anti-K sentiment as described in this article. Your post is undeniable proof of what I said.

Those who can actually study history, without SK revisionism know that

(1) Korea was annexed in 1910 and that could not have happened if some Koreans supported becoming part of the Japanese Empire. One which had just defeated Russia. Japan did not invade Korea, it was annexed. There were no battles between Japan and Korea leading to the annexation. Because it was not a conflict (invasion) the annexation was recognized and supported by the major world powers at the time, including the United States.

(2) Japan did not murder a million Koreans leading up to the annexation. There were no major battles between them.

South Korean Historical revisionism for all to see. This is the root of SK hatred for Japan. Hopefully President Yoon will succeed in changing his country's direction for the better.

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