Diet passes Japan's first law to curb hate speech

May 24, 2016

Diet passes Japan's first law to curb hate speech

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Japan’s first anti-hate speech law passed the Diet on Tuesday, marking a step forward in the nation’s long-stalled efforts to curb racial discrimination. But the legislation has been dogged by skepticism, with critics slamming it as philosophical at best and toothless window dressing at ...

May 11, 2016

Japan to enact bill to counter hate speech

The Diet is set to enact a bill aimed at countering hate speech during the current session that ends June 1. Executives of the Upper House Judicial Affairs Committee agreed Wednesday to take a vote on the legislation Thursday. The bill is expected to ...

Japan's resident Koreans endure a climate of hate

| May 7, 2016

Japan's resident Koreans endure a climate of hate

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Later this month, the Diet’s Upper House will pass a bill submitted by the ruling coalition addressing the problem of hate speech, specifically directed at non-Japanese. As sociologist Takehiro Akedo explains in his article for the Web magazine Synodos, the Liberal Democratic Party isn’t ...

Apr 8, 2016

Ruling coalition submits bill to curb hate speech

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The Liberal Democratic Party-Komeito ruling coalition on Friday submitted a potentially game-changing bill to the Upper House aimed at eliminating hate speech. Although the legislation may herald a break from Japan’s traditionally lukewarm attitude toward curbing racism and hate speech, it imposes no penalties ...

Elder Le Pen convicted of dismissing Holocaust

Apr 7, 2016

Elder Le Pen convicted of dismissing Holocaust

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder and former head of France’s far-right National Front party, has been convicted of denying crimes against humanity for repeating that the Nazi gas chambers are a “detail” of World War II history. A Paris court convicted Le Pen on ...