Heightened tensions between Zainichi and Japanese
If you are an enthsiastic reader of this blog, you know what zainichi people are. The conflict condition between Zainichi and Japanese rightists has caused intolerable strain these days. A half of zainichi in terms of ideology, pro-DPRK clan, held a big rally March 3rd 2007 at Hibiya, Tokyo, to protest against pressure onto them, claiming abolishment of discriminative treatment. It's funny. I feel like they have discriminated Japanese on the contrary. It's also shocking to know the fact that they can hold such a rally right in the center of Tokyo. (Hibiya is a walking distance from Tokyo station.)
The rally and a demonstration march were reported by a number of rightish bloggers. That day was over without any violent conflict.
It looks to me just a hostile demonstration against our state power.
There already was a conflict between Tokyo prefecture and Zainichi before this rally. Tokyo led by Ishihara asked court for cancellation of use by Zainichi prior to March 3rd. The reason for their appeal is "Public facilities in Tokyo should be for public open to everybody, not for specific party. But they are apparently taking place an exclusive rally." The court, however, dismissed the appeal and permitted the usage. Mass media seemed to stay neutral as to this issue.
Here was another plan to be held March 4th for DPRK's similar activity near Shinjuku. Yoyogi district in Tokyo cancelled the usage of a facility for Zainichi 2nd March because the symposium was intended to exclude Japanese. Hey, Debito, why don't you come out and yell at zainichi? They were about to keep out Japanese. That's discrimination you always mention.