Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hate speech or free speech in Japan

Hate speech or free speech in Japan

In Japan the Osaka Municipal Government proposed an ordinance to curtail hate speech aimed at “racial and ethnic minorities.”   This action is a result of increasing verbal attacks against Korean residents in Osaka. 

Earlier similar legislation was submitted to the Upper House of the Japanese Diet (the national government legislative body).  It was submitted by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and the Social Democratic Party.     

Japan is one of the few nations on earth with a profound respect for free speech.  That is about to change thanks to liberals in Japan determine to ruin their nation as liberals in the USA have succeeded in accomplishing. 

When hate speech is limited free speech becomes the causality.  When a people enjoy free speech guess what?  Some people will get their feelings hurt, others may feel insulted.  That is a price free people are willing to pay to preserve free speech. 

This movement in Japan to lead the nation down the road to restricted speech can be traced in part to   Osaka has a large ethnic Korean population, many of whom are second or third Japanese born residents.  In recent years demonstrations against these Koreans have intensified in their verbal attacks during rallies.  These events became ripe for liberals to exploit to drag the nation to the extreme left. 

The ordinance in Osaka and the proposed legislation in the Diet on the surface are rather mild.  Please do not be deceived by that.  Liberals never stop once they achieve their first step.  Today anti ethnic group speech is outlawed, and then tomorrow other types of speech will be attacked.  Such as religious or political speech.  Is that what the average person in Japan desires to see their nation degenerate to? 

In many parts of Western Europe “free speech” is an illusion.  There are laws prohibiting negative speech against protected ethnic groups, religions, and sexual orientations.  Hold a rally critical of an ethnic group or religion, and one faces legal consequences.  Preach in a religious institution references negative concerning certain sexual activities, and legal retribution could or would be forthcoming.  Canada seems to be following Western Europe in this direction.    

In the United States free speech and freedom of expression is protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which reads in part:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,……”

This protection does not only appear in the U.S. Constitution as it also appears in the Japanese Constitution, Article  21 which reads in part:  

“Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other forms of expression are guaranteed.”

Around forty years ago a group of American Nazis held a rally to broadcast their hate under the threat of violence.  To protect their right of disgusting free speech police were in attendance to protect these hateful derelicts.  Their speech was offensive on many levels to many people, yet their right to speak was protected.

In twenty-first century America people do not suffer free speech suppression from the government, however oppressive “political correctness” accomplishes what the law does not.  Many government agencies from local dog catcher to the Executive Office in The White House, if one says something someone else finds offensive files either hate speech or sexual harassment, the offender is shuffled off to sensitivity or diversity training.  Many corporations mirror the same behavior with an added act of firing the so-called offending individual.       
To the people of Japan: These attempts to curtail any form of free speech should be opposed in the interest of preserving free speech.  It should be noted with these freedoms we enjoy also comes a responsibility in exercising them.  Freedoms do come with responsibilities.  Freedoms can only be maintained with a vigilant freedom loving populace.      

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