A total of 1,152 xenophobic hate speech rallies have been observed across Japan in the past three and half years, according to a Ministry of Justice survey.
The survey, released Wednesday, is the government’s first ever probe into hate speech. It revealed that anti-foreign ultraconservative and nationalist groups held the rallies in the period between April 2012 until September 2015, Sankei Shimbun reported.
As part of the survey, the Ministry analyzed online videos recorded at the demonstrations, as well as other means, including collecting information on calls for gatherings from xenophobic groups’ websites.
The surveyed 98 hours of videos of the events showed that violent slogans such as “Get the hell out of Japan” and “Kill them all (foreigners)” were repeated a total of 1,803 times.
The survey further shows that the majority of these rallies were protesting against certain political issues, including the abduction of Japanese nationals by North Korea and territorial disputes with China and Korea, using those countries as the main target for their verbal abuse.
Although xenophobic rallies are becoming less widespread in Japan in comparison to the past, the Justice Ministry says that it doesn’t consider them “subsiding” as they are still occurring frequently in the country, a government representative said.© Japan Today