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Wednesday, November 06, 2013, 12:00 - 13:30

"Digital Terrorism & Hate Project" and "Hate Speech in Japan"

Rabbi Abraham Cooper
Associate Dean, The Simon Wiesenthal Center

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English

 This year the issue of "hate speech" has surfaced in Japanese political debate in a way never seen before, prompted by the activities of extreme Japanese nationalists targeting resident Korean communities in Tokyo, Osaka, and elsewhere. For Japan this a new debate, but in countries such as the United States, there is a long history of controversies between different ethnic and religious groups, giving rise to extensive literature on hate and hate speech.

 Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center has been an active participant in these debates, not only within the borders of the United States, but internationally as well. In Japan, too, Rabbi Cooper has played a prominent role in acquainting the public with such figures as Anne Frank and her moving account of the Holocaust.

 The FCCJ is pleased to welcome Rabbi Cooper as he presents the findings of the "Digital Terrorism & Hate Project," an annual report issued by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. We expect that this discussion will help to contextualize the debate Japan is now engaged in within the broader experience of hate groups found in other nations around the world.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website(still & TV cameras inclusive). The charge for members/non-members is 1,700/2,600 yen; non-members eligible to attend may pay in cash. (Menu: hungarian beef gulasch.) Reservations canceled less than one hour in advance for working press members, and 24 hours for all others, will be charged in full. Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. For meal service, please enter the room by 12:25.

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