With regard to Tomohiro Osaki’s Nov. 6 article titled “New justice minister against outlawing hate speech,” I’d like to add my two-pence worth. First, I wonder what Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa means by “freedom of expression.” It seems that many politicians in Japan believe that freedom of expression means saying whatever you like without regard for the damaging impact of one’s words. The anti-Korean rallies by unsavory right-wing elements in Shin-Okubo and elsewhere is not freedom of expression. It is lunacy, bigotry and racial prejudice, and does nothing for Japan’s international image.

Second, Kamikawa mentions that “criminalizing hate speech would risk infringing on the legitimate right to free speech, a position taken by other ministers in recent times.”

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