National Police Agency expresses concerns about xenophobic groups

December 12, 2013

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

For the first time, the National Police Agency’s annual report on Japan’s security situation mentioned right-wing groups that espouse xenophobia.

“They could continue to prompt illegal acts, including friction with opponent forces,” according to the report, titled “Chian no Kaiko to Tenbo” (Security retrospection and prospection), released on Dec. 11.

The report referred to right-wing civil groups that use the Internet to call for participants in their marches and rallies.

Although the NPA report did not name any specific group, it did mention a clash between members of Zainichi Tokken wo Yurusanai Shimin no Kai (Group of citizens against privileges for ethnic Korean residents in Japan) and its opponents.

The group, known as Zaitokukai for short, has shouted hate-filled slogans, such as “Koreans go home,” during its protest marches.

“Right-wing civil groups are expanding the geographical extent of their activities and are mobilizing an increasing number of protesters, but the numbers of such groups and their members remain elusive, unlike in the case of established right-wing groups," said a senior NPA official.

Groups opposed to the activities of the right-wing groups have become more active this year, leading to more cases of friction on the street, the official added.

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Activists with rising-sun flags shout "kill 'em!" as they march through the Koreatown area in Tokyo's Shin-Okubo district on Feb. 17. The demonstration was named "Drive South Korea out of Takeshima!" (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Activists with rising-sun flags shout "kill 'em!" as they march through the Koreatown area in Tokyo's Shin-Okubo district on Feb. 17. The demonstration was named "Drive South Korea out of Takeshima!" (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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  • Activists with rising-sun flags shout "kill 'em!" as they march through the Koreatown area in Tokyo's Shin-Okubo district on Feb. 17. The demonstration was named "Drive South Korea out of Takeshima!" (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

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