December 28, 2019
So because the language here is slightly confusing, let me just explain what happened:
A Korean woman was advocating for hate speech laws in Japan. She was “harassed” online. One of the people “harassing” her was tracked down and charged with “troublesome behavior” for the alleged “harassment.” Now the Korean’s lawyer is demanding actual hate speech laws, so that haters can be punished for their hate, not through the roundabout method of “troublesome behavior.”
A Japanese court has ordered a man to pay a fine of 300,000 yen for making derogatory remarks against a Korean resident of Japan in racist posts on Twitter.
The Kawasaki Summary Court on Friday imposed the fine after the 51-year-old man was found by prosecutors to have violated a local ordinance in Kanagawa Prefecture that bans troublesome behavior. It is the first time a criminal punishment has been imposed for hate speech under such an ordinance, the victim’s lawyer said.
“While a criminal penalty serves as a deterrent to an extent, only a small fraction of the damage has been addressed. There need to be laws to punish discrimination itself,” the lawyer, Yasuko Morooka, said during a press conference held in Tokyo.
According to the indictment, the man posted hateful remarks directed at Choi Kang I Ja, a 46-year-old resident of Kawasaki in the prefecture, on Twitter four times between June 2016 and September 2017. Choi’s lawyer said the two had never met.
The posts consisted of remarks such as “the craftiness of showing off their ethnicity pisses me off,” and “I won’t tolerate Koreans living carefree in Japan behind the shield of discrimination. I don’t recognize any of their rights.”
Police had referred the man to prosecutors for alleged intimidation. But they decided not to indict him in February.
Choi then filed a criminal complaint with prosecutors for a suspected breach of the ordinance.
Choi started being harassed online after she advocated against hate speech using her real name in March 2016. The harassment continued until police searched the man’s house in December 2017, according to Morooka.
“It has been a long three and a half years. Even though the posts were written anonymously, (the offender) was identified and he has finally been held criminally responsible,” Choi told the press conference with tears in her eyes.
We all wish that the Japanese court could have remembered the wise words of Tyler the Creator.
Hahahahahahahaha How The Fuck Is Cyber Bullying Real Hahahaha Nigga Just Walk Away From The Screen Like Nigga Close Your Eyes Haha
— Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) December 31, 2012
But no one in the world wants to remember those wise words, and the whole world is pushing for restrictions on internet speech in order to protect feelings.
Japan does not at this time have “hate speech” laws. Their current Constitution is based on the US Constitution, and they respect the rights a lot more than the US government respects the rights.
But this case is a very bad sign of things to come.