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LDP looks to crack down on public demonstrations near Diet, hate speech

Kyodo

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will discuss how to regulate noisy demonstrations and campaigns around the Diet building as well as those with racist rhetoric anywhere in the country, a project team formed to tackle the issues said at its first meeting Thursday.

“The present environment (for Diet members) is not suitable for work. We have to keep a work-friendly environment, which requires discussion without any fear of criticism,” said Sanae Takaichi, chairperson of the LDP’s Policy Research Council, at the meeting.

Police take action under a law restricting the use of loudspeakers around the Diet about once a year, a National Police Agency official said.

The team will also discuss whether a new law is required to bring hate speech under control with a view to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

“Cursing people from a particular country or ethnicity makes me ashamed as a Japanese,” said Takaichi.

The U.N. Human Rights Committee urged Japan in July to ban activities that support hate speech against Korean residents in the country and fuel discrimination.

  • phu

    “The present environment (for Diet members) is not suitable for work. We have to keep a work-friendly environment, which requires discussion without any fear of criticism.”

    Wow, now THAT is telling. Not only is it just plain too noisy to work, not only is the LDP not interested in dissenting opinions (in or out of the Diet), they’re actually willing to criminalize expression of such points of view where they might actually be heard by politicians.

    This is the kind of comment Japanese people should be getting up in arms about. Here’s a person who apparently heads up a policy research organization within the ruling party, and she’s all for penalizing normal people who try to express their opinions to the government? Someone remove this woman from government!

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