Despite holding a South Korean citizenship, a 40-year old man from Shizuoka Prefecture was born and raised in Japan. He also has a Japanese name that he’s been using for some time now. However, the man filed a lawsuit at the Shizuoka District Court against his superior for forcing him to use his real name, thus identifying him as a Korean. He is also demanding 3 million yen in compensation from the company.
According to the South Korean national, his boss had been persistent in requiring him to use his Korean name from November last year until January this year. He also said that his boss did so in front of the company employees. Although he refused to yield to his superior’s demand, he said that the company president himself revealed in April to the other employees that he’s a South Korean national. Authorities did not provide the names of the Korean and the company president.
The 40-year old Shizuoka resident claimed to have suffered discrimination and harassment as well as emotional distress and humiliation, thus demanding compensation. He and his attorneys also reasoned that because of the discrimination that Koreans suffer while living in Japan, they should be allowed to use their Japanese names if they wish to. And if they intend to keep or use their real names, it should be left to their own discretion.
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