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date: 30 June 2022

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This chapter presents an overview of the radical right in Japan by answering the question of why contemporary radical right groups hate Koreans. This is key to understanding the features of Japan’s radical right and how it has changed during the last half century. Unlike its predecessors, the group Zaitokukai (Civic Group Against Privileges of Koreans in Japan) seems quite similar to European radical right groups in the sense that it targets ethnic minorities with violent attacks. Is it a sign, then, that Japan’s radical right is converging with the European counterparts? The answer is partly yes but mostly no. The chapter first illustrates the three-layered structure of Japan’s radical right organizations and explains the recent rise of radical right parties. It then clarifies why historical revisionism produced nativist violence.

Keywords: Japan, radical right, right-wing movements, anti-Korean, Zaitokukai, historical revisionism, nativist violence

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