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Hate Speech in Japan
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This book explains the past and present status of hate speech regulations in Japan. The United States and European countries have adopted different approaches to resolve their respective hate speech problems. Both of them, however, continue to confront the dilemma that freedom of speech and anti-racism are fundamental values of human rights. Therefore, some scholars criticize the US approach as too protective of freedom of speech, while other scholars criticize the European approach as impermissibly violating that freedom. Compared to these countries, Japan is unique in that it does not criminalize hate speech and hate crime other than in the recently enacted Kawasaki City Ordinance criminalizing some kinds of hate speech. Japan basically relies on a comprehensive set of non-regulative tools to suppress extreme hate speech. This volume analyses Japanese hate speech laws and suggests a unique distinctive model to strike a balance between both core values of democracy.


‘An outstanding work on an important and timely topic. A superb group of authors examine hate speech in Japan from a wide range of perspectives. A comprehensive exploration of the historical background, existing legal framework, and a fascinating array of recent legal developments. Of great value and interest to anyone concerned with the balance between freedom of speech and regulation of hate speech, anywhere in the world.’

Daniel H. Foote - Professor, The University of Tokyo Faculty of Law

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