KAWASAKI–Kawasaki city became the first municipality in Japan to establish guidelines on preventing hate speech groups from using parks and other public facilities to spread their messages of discrimination and fear.
The guidelines, announced on Nov. 9, will take effect by the end of March next year in this city, where problems have arisen over anti-Korea demonstrations.
Under the guidelines, the city can issue warnings and refuse to allow groups to use public facilities if “concrete threats of hate speech, determined by objective standards, could appear at those venues.”
The city can also rescind its permission for the use of those facilities if it finds a potential threat of hate speech.
Judgments will be based on the applicants’ past activities and information they sent on the Internet. A final decision will be made based on opinions from third-party organizations formed by lawyers and others.
To guarantee “freedom of expression” under the Constitution, the city included …