Rally against discrimination, hate speech in Tokyo

THE ASAHI SHIMBUN

Protesters fighting discrimination held one of their biggest rallies in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on Sept. 22, with participants young and old expressing disgust at groups that yell menacing and hate-filled words at ethnic Koreans. The March on Tokyo for Freedom was organized mainly by the People’s Front of Anti-Racism, an organization that has scuffled with anti-Korea protesters in Koreatown in the Shin-Okubo district of the ward.
Protesters fighting discrimination held one of their biggest rallies in Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ward on Sept. 22, with participants young and old expressing disgust at groups that yell menacing and hate-filled words at ethnic Koreans. The March on Tokyo for Freedom was organized mainly by the People’s Front of Anti-Racism, an organization that has scuffled with anti-Korea protesters in Koreatown in the Shin-Okubo district of the ward.

On Sept. 22, the anti-racism march drew about 1,200 people, largely through Twitter and other social media, according to the organizers.

“I was shocked to watch people smirking while saying ‘die’ to their targets,” said Noe Nagashima, a 15-year-old high school student. “Our generation must show an interest (in this issue) to change such a situation.”

The group started at Shinjuku Central Park and marched 4 kilometers along Shokuan-dori street and into the Kabukicho district of the ward. Those leading the group carried placards with such messages as “Let’s live together” and wore black suits modeled on the March on Washington in 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech.

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