A message for North Korea

A message for North Korea
REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Protesters shout slogans and raise their fists toward the headquarters of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) as police officers stand guard in Tokyo on Tuesday, after North Korea conducted its third nuclear test. 

  • 27

    Fugacis

    Not exactly new; these thugs are at this at least twice a week, and regularly resort to violence against Korean-Japanese schoolchildren. I have no love at all for Chongryon, nor for the North Korean regime, but I have no love either for nationalist bigots and thugs who can't respect others' rights to go about their daily lives without fear or intimidation.

  • 3

    KariHaruka

    Ah gotta love the vehicles going about with those massive speakers..

  • 1

    iceshoecream

    NEET in action.

  • 8

    Mohamad Taufiq Morshidi

    They should close down the Chongryon. It is pretty much a strain to assimilation of Zainichi people to Japanese society.

    Hell, if Chongryon members really call themselves "North Korean citizens" instead of "Japanese citizens", they should just move to North Korea already.

  • 5

    smithinjapan

    These guys don't want to admit they are all no different from that they rail against. Meanwhile, police only 'stand guard' (ie. don't let any counter-protestors near) while these morons block off traffic. Instead of wasting their time standing in front of a building and shouting at people who have little or nothing to do with North Korea, they might want to petition their local assembly representative to put forward stronger legislation against NK. But, nah... let's just go with the 'monkey see, monkey do'.

  • 2

    Sensato

    The white van equipped with loudspeakers and the imperialistic Japanese flags in this picture suggest that these are probably "uyoku" extremists from one of Japan's "right wing" groups, many of which are yakuza-affiliated -- not typical Japanese citizens protesting against the North Korean government, but instead fairly hard-core extremists.

    Does anybody have any idea what group this is? I was thinking maybe Nihon Seinensha (日本青年社), but I'm not sure since the markings on the sound truck are not visible in this photo.

  • 1

    Hiroicci

    And most of these guys usually claim that Japan should go nuclear and test the bombs...

  • 0

    Wakarimasen

    Yes, close this down. And at the same time restrict these vans and lunatics bellowing from the top of them. Free speech is one thing, but do they have to do it at 10.30 on Sunday morning outside my apartment.

  • 1

    sidesmile

    And the message is..blah blah blaahh blaahh blah (pump fists in rhythm). Better leave it after the tone because nobody is picking up. Not for the UN, not for the Chinese and certainly not for you choads.

  • 1

    paulinusa

    Do they really think this association has the ear of Dear Little Leader?

  • 5

    humanrights

    Send them to the NK border and leave us in Peace. Isn't there a law against making useless noise in this country??

  • 1

    mitoguitarman

    Notice a pattern here--the countries that were victims of J-aggression are all pushing back, Russia, Koreas, China, Taiwan. The worm turns.

  • 4

    JoeBigs

    I for one would like to see the PRC's lapdog lose it's ability to make money here, for one close off all and I mean all Pachinko outlets that have ties with the PRC's lapdog.

    Then start deporting anyone that is suspected of filtering money to North Korea.

  • -3

    peanut666

    North Korea is a puppet of China and Russia. China and Russia both want N.Korea to start an Asia war so they use it as an excuse to come in and start stealing territories. Russia wants Northern Japan and Afghanistan. China wants all the territories in the South China Seas. If North Korea starts a war, and the allies retaliate, all China and Russia has to say is that the allied forces used the North Korean situation as an excuse to invade their countries.

    China is already claiming the Philippines as their territory.

    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/36057/china-tv-claims-philippines-as-chinese-territory

    China assisting North Korean missile program:

    http://www.voanews.com/content/panetta-china-assisted-north-korea-missile-program-148240655/181422.html

    Russia writes off North Korean $10 billion dollar debt:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/sep/18/russia-writes-off-north-korea-debt

  • 7

    Kabukilover

    I fear these rightist hoodlum more than North Korea.

  • 0

    Weasel

    Warhawks in action.

  • 0

    humanrights

    @peanut666 The world is all a big communist conspiracy to you? Where do you stand Peanut?

  • 1

    Seiryuu_Dan

    I understand their anger and wanting to direct it at someone or something, but it's embarrassing, really.

  • 1

    Disillusioned

    Ah, yes! This will help, won't it? Not! These wackos in their black vans with loud speakers and the rising sun flag are no better than the communist rageim they are demonstrating against. It's about time Japan banned the use of that flag and put public nuisance audinates out against those noisy twits.

  • 0

    taj

    Wouldn't it be nice if those speaker van guys all split up into pairs and started protesting in front of Pachinko parlours, thoughout the nation, telling anyone approaching that their hard earned yen is propping up the nuclear nutjobs in the north. perhaps they could partner with the no nukes protestors and get better coverage....

    I can dream,...

  • 3

    BertieWooster

    The Japanese Ultra-Right and North Korea.

    So similar, you'd think they were bosom buddies.

  • 1

    BertieWooster

    JoeBigs,

    I for one would like to see the PRC's lapdog lose it's ability to make money here, for one close off all and I mean all Pachinko outlets that have ties with the PRC's lapdog.

    I think NK is probably a bit of an embarrassment to PRC at the moment, rather like a lapdog that has done a rather smelly poo on the carpet in front of the house guests.

    But I agree with you about Pachinko Parlours.

    The best way is just not to go to them.

    If no one used them, they would die a natural death.

  • 1

    cramp

    NK: not even listening...lol

  • -1

    Saul Schimek

    As long as they aren't trashing things or physically trying to harm people, let them speak. There are far worse protestors to have, folks

  • 0

    tmtmsnb

    PRC's lapdog did not poo, but barked, at the enemies, not house guest, which makes you feel good, how come embarrassed?

  • 5

    Kabukilover

    The headline is off. This isn't a message to North Korea. This is harassment of foreign residents who were born in Japan but denied citizenship at birth.

  • 2

    Open Minded

    Kabukilover: you took the obvious out of my mouth!

  • 1

    Pukey2

    The headline is off. This isn't a message to North Korea. This is harassment of foreign residents who were born in Japan but denied citizenship at birth.

    Of course! You'd think that, if these deadbeats and unemployed drifters were so loud, they'd have the guts to go to North Korea to complain. But it's so much easier to threaten non-Japanese in Japan where the police will back you and where there are no real laws against racism. If there ever is a war, I'd like these people to sign up first.

  • -1

    gelendestrasse

    Chongryon members really call themselves "North Korean citizens" instead of "Japanese citizens", they should just move to North Korea

    Move? That implies a voluntary action. I'd deport them all to NK and strip any Japanese members of their citizenship as well. If they are stupid enough to be pro NK then you really don't want them in Japan. You have to draw a line somewhere.

  • 0

    whiskeysour

    Green Missiles are on top of the truck !!! That can only mean one thing " Godzilla " is coming !!!!!

    What happened to those twin girls in every Godzilla movie ??

    **What does the fist in the air mean ? **

  • -2

    Tony Ew

    @FugacisFeb. 13, 2013 - 07:34AM JST

    Not exactly new; these thugs are at this at least twice a week, and regularly resort to violence against Korean-Japanese schoolchildren. I have no love at all for Chongryon, nor for the North Korean regime, but I have no love either for nationalist bigots and thugs who can't respect others' rights to go about their daily lives without fear or intimidation.

    Is this State Sanctioned like in China? The police just pretend there is no harassment right? If so, Japanese standard is no better than China last year's rioting against Japanese products.

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