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Kawasaki on Thursday passed an ordinance against hate speech and, in a first in Japan, violators can be slapped with criminal penalties.

The new ordinance enacted at the Kawasaki Municipal Assembly, which will enter into force on July 1, bans discriminatory language and actions against foreign people in public spaces in the city. It makes repeat violations punishable by a fine of up to ¥500,000.

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