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Man sues Osaka city over anti-hate speech ordinance

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The quandary of rights: How to balance them.

The racist took part in a public display and when in public you have no reasonable expectation of privacy.

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I really struggle to follow the complainants logic.

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While I don't agree with despicable hate speech, I also don't agree with criminalizing it (unless it is used in conjunction with violence or threats of violence).

I'm sure this news will come as a surprise to many that Japan even has anti hate speech ordinances across the country. The things you learn everyday, huh?

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This guy is just bizarre.....what does he want again??

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He is suing to justify his right to vomit hate speech. Probably win.

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man who had posted a video of a rally against Korean residents on the internet sued the Osaka municipal authority Monday arguing the city's anti-hate speech ordinance to deter racist propaganda violates freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech does not and SHOULD NOT include hate speech.

filed the lawsuit with the Osaka District Court against Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura, demanding the local government not publicize his name even if the city comes to know it.

Now isn't he violating freedom of speech and the press by demanding the local government not publicize his name even if the city comes to know it??

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If this fascist wants the right to parade around the streets shouting racist nonsense then the Osaka government, or anyone else, should have the right to publicise his name and workplace. Free speech works both ways. If I knew where these fools worked I would be able to boycott their businesses.

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While I don't agree with despicable hate speech, I also don't agree with criminalizing it (unless it is used in conjunction with violence or threats of violence).

I have to agree with this. Speech is different from actions, and as long as people don't act on their hate, they should be free to express their ignorance. In turn, we're free to ignore them or call them out on their ignorance.

I don't think the government had to get involved, but video hosting sites have every right to decide what kind of content they want on their sites.

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He hates people with the same DNA as himself? Think I might start to hate people with different shoes and sue. Both of us are losers.

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Just another right-wing imperialistic nut case. At least twice a month I'll sit down on the train only to have the Japanese person grumble something about "gaijin", stand up and walk away. It's also very often the seat next to me is the only vacant seat on a crowded train. I used to think it was just xenophobia, but I now realise is actually a deep seated cultural hate of all foreigners. I'm not saying all Japanese share this view, but there are many who do.

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has he been arrested or at least fined? Is there ANY teeth to the legislation?

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Being offensive shouldn’t be a matter for the courts to legislate upon, which is why I find that hate speech laws are both repressive and sail pretty close to the winds of thought crime.

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I believe in free speech. I don’t believe in racism. The person has a right. He can win ¥1 and pay ¥150000 in court costs. It’s a win/win solution.

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Name and shame, baby...

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Osaka Hate Speech Ordinance

(a) that it is undertaken for the purpose of any of the following:

i. to exclude individuals with particular racial or ethnic attributes or groups of such individuals (hereafter referred to as “particular individuals or groups”) from society;

ii. to restrict the rights or freedoms of particular individuals or groups; or,

iii. to incite hatred or discriminatory attitudes or violence against particular individuals or groups (when such a purpose is explicitly acknowledged).

(b) that its content or style falls under any of the following

i. it amounts to significant contempt or slander targeting particular individuals or groups; or,

ii. it threatens particular individuals or a significant number of the individuals of such groups;

(c) that it is undertaken at a place or in a manner that makes it possible for the public to know its content.

https://globalvoices.org/2017/07/07/in-effort-to-stop-anti-korean-hate-speech-osaka-mayor-wants-to-loosen-internet-privacy-laws/

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Just another right-wing imperialistic nut case. At least twice a month I'll sit down on the train only to have the Japanese person grumble something about "gaijin", stand up and walk away. It's also very often the seat next to me is the only vacant seat on a crowded train. I used to think it was just xenophobia, but I now realise is actually a deep seated cultural hate of all foreigners. I'm not saying all Japanese share this view, but there are many who do.

Very true I'm sorry to say.

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At least twice a month I'll sit down on the train only to have the Japanese person grumble something about "gaijin", stand up and walk away. 

I have never, not once, experienced that or anything similar. And I've been here a long time.

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At least twice a month I'll sit down on the train only to have the Japanese person grumble something about "gaijin", stand up and walk away. 

In my 25 years here, while I've experienced great kindness and now being older and with a stick many people offer me their seat, but unfortunately I've also experienced more than I would want. with people moving or not wanting to sit next to a foreigner and once in Tokyo an old woman hit me with her umbrella.

I was more disturbed in the beginning than now.

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I wonder if he'd be so keen on free speech if I posted a lot of vitriol against the imperial family. I suspect he's be outraged and demand that I be silenced.

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