Earlier this month, a group of activists found a new target for their anger after a Kyoto District Court ruled last October that one of the rallies organized constituted racial discrimination. The citizens group held a rally in Kyoto’s Shijo-kawaramachi district, saying the ruling violated the people’s freedom of speech.
Around 50 demonstrators gathered in the area, carrying placards and the Japanese Hinomaru national flag, chanting “We oppose to the oppression of (freedom of) speech” and “We will never forgive the court judges.” Calling themselves the Gendai nadeshiko club, the organizers called their demonstration, “Don’t forgive the biased ruling! Demonstration for double revenge,” with the latter statement a reference to a popular TV drama. The group says they share the same principles and purpose as the Zainichi Tokken wo Yurusanai Shimin no Kai (Group of citizens who do not tolerate privileges for ethnic Korean residents in Japan), the group that is at the center of the Kyoto court ruling.
Known as the Zaitokukai, the group regularly holds anti-Korean demonstrations in key areas with a huge Korean population. A Korean school operator filed a case against them when the demonstrators started protesting against their use of a public playground in the Minami Ward. The school said the group made it impossible to carry out ethnic education and that they scared the children as well, when they shout things like “Children are being educated by criminals” and “Go back to the Korean Peninsula.” The Kyoto court ordered the organization and six of its members to pay 12.26 million yen (about $122,600) to the school as compensation.
One of the members who was ordered to pay, Hitoshi Nishimura, joined the protest in Kyoto last November 4. And despite the nadeshiko group’s best efforts to ask the participants in the rally not to use discriminatory words, Nishimura yelled, “Korean schools are raising spies,” and “Koreans have deprived (us of our) land.”
[ via Asahi Shimbun ]