OSAKA – A South Korean resident of Japan on Monday filed a suit with the Osaka District Court seeking about ¥5.5 million in damages from an anti-Korean group and its chairman for emotional trauma inflicted by hate speech.
Freelance writer Lee Shin-hye, 43, said Zaitokukai Chairman Makoto Sakurai described her as “a Korean crone” on the Internet and also during right-wing campaigns between January last year and this July.
She claimed that his actions constituted race discrimination that insulted and defamed her.
Lee has also filed a lawsuit at the same court seeking ¥22 million in damages from the operator of Hoshusokuho, (Conservative Bulletin), an online bulletin board that posts discriminatory remarks.
At a news conference, Lee said she hopes the suits will put a brake on the harassment and discriminatory remarks she receives on Twitter and elsewhere almost every day.
In July, the Osaka High Court ordered Zaitokukai to pay damages of about ¥12.26 million for hate speeches made during right-wing activities around a Korean school. The group is appealing the decision.