Thursday, March 01, 2007

Temporarily reinstated freedom of assembly in Tokyo

Shi(n)taro Ishihara's Tokyo government, the same one that requires teachers to stand and sing the WW2 era national anthem, recently denied a Korean group the right to demonstrate in Hibiya Park in Tokyo after rightwing nutjobs complained. Tokyo is supposedly worried that the nutjobs will cause trouble, so instead of providing a police force to help the rightwing thugs behave for once in history, they just withdrew permission for the event. Victory to the emperor worshiping military wannabes.

The Tokyo District Court threw out the governments attempt at repression of speech yesterday. However, it may only be temporary as Ishihara et al may appeal the decision to the Tokyo High Court. Story here.

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