A kindergarten in Osaka city handed out to parents copies of a statement slurring Korean residents in Japan and Chinese people, and its officials were recently questioned for suspected hate speech as a result, prefectural government officials said Thursday.
The statement distributed by Tsukamoto Kindergarten in Yodogawa Ward, operated by Moritomo Gakuen, described Korean residents in Japan and Chinese people as those with "wicked ideas," calling the latter "shinajin," a term considered derogatory toward Chinese people.
A prefectural government official questioned the kindergarten principal, Yasunori Kagoike, and his wife, who serves as deputy principal, on Jan 12 after the local government was tipped off by a parent in December. Kagoike also heads the kindergarten operator.
While admitting to distributing the copies to the parents of kindergarten pupils, Kagoike declined to explain the reason for doing so, citing a pending lawsuit, according to the government.
A separate pamphlet distributed to parents in December and obtained by Kyodo News read, "The problem is that people who have inherited the spirit (of Koreans) exist in our country with the looks of Japanese people."
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