Osaka assembly passes nation's first ordinance against hate speech
Japan Times -- Jan 16
The city of Osaka passed the nation's first ordinance by a major city against hate speech late Friday.

The text is a watered-down version of a proposal that the assembly made last year and will serve merely to name and shame perpetrators.

It does not provide city funds to victims of hate speech for use in fighting the perpetrators in court. Nor does it fine those who make racial slurs and threats of violence.

Instead, the ordinance creates a committee that investigates allegations of hate speech filed by Osaka residents.

The committee is expected to consist of five academic and legal experts whose appointments must be approved by the assembly. If the committee judges that a particular group is engaged in hate speech, its name will be posted on the city's website.

大阪市議会で15日、「ヘイトスピーチ」を抑止する条例案の討論中、議場にカラーボー­ルが投げ込まれ、警察は50歳の男を逮捕しました。
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