Abe criticizes increase in hate speech in Japan

May 08, 2013

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 7 criticized the rising voices of hate-mongers around the nation, saying their vitriolic words are dishonoring Japan.

“It is truly regrettable that there are words and actions that target certain countries and races,” Abe said at an Upper House Budget Committee session.

The prime minister was responding to a question from Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Kan Suzuki, who alluded to demonstrations in the Koreatowns of Tokyo’s Shin-Okubo district and Osaka’s Tsuruhashi district.

Some of the protesters have been shouting, “Kill the Koreans.”

Abe, who himself has angered South Korea and China with his views about Japan’s actions in World War II, said those who are spreading hate speech do not represent the Japanese people.

“I believe that the Japanese respect harmony and should not be people who exclude others,” Abe said. “The Japanese way of thinking is to behave politely and to be generous and modest at any time.”

He also expressed his intention to call for restrictions to put an end to the hateful comments posted on his Facebook page.

“It’s completely wrong to put others down and feel as if we are superior,” he said. “Such acts dishonor ourselves.”

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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