Monday, October 20, 2014

Osaka's mayor debates with civic leader on hate speech

On October 20th, the mayor of Osaka city, Toru Hashimoto(橋下徹) debated with the leader of "Zaitokukai(在特会)", Makoto Sakurai(桜井誠).

Zaitokukai is shortened as "Zainichi Tokken wo Yurusanai Shimin no Kai (在日特権を許さない市民の会)" meaning Citizens against the Special Privileges of the Zainichi. Zaitokukai is known for its hate speeches against Zainichi, who are Koreans residing in Japan.

The theme of the debate was hate speech. However, from the beginning of the debate, they kept shouting at each other and were not arguing on the same wavelength. The planed length of the debate was 30 minutes, but it ended in 10 minutes.

Before the start of the debate, Sakurai criticized the reporters of NHK, Asahi Shimbun(朝日新聞), Mainichi Shimbun(毎日新聞) and Kyodo News Service(共同通信) for their anti-Japanese news reports.

This is the video of the debate. The debate starts at 11:00.

Toru Hashimoto on twitter

Makoto Sakurai on twitter

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