This edited collection provides a timely review of the current state of hate speech research in Asia and Europe, through the comparative examples of Korea, Japan and France.

Extending the study of hate speech studies beyond the largely western emphasis on European and US contexts dominant in the field, this book’s comparative framework aims to examine hate speech as a global phenomenon spanning Asian and European contexts. An innovative range of nuanced empirical case studies explore hate speech by analyzing gendered hate speech and nationality, French cartoon humour, official counter radicalization narratives and the use of international law to inform domestic legislation in the Philippines and Japan. A fresh perspective on Asian and European hate speech, this book’s evaluation of current of hate speech research also identifies future directions for the development of theory and method.

Filling a critical gap in the literature, Hate Speech in Asia and Europe will appeal to students and scholars of law, politics, religion, history, social policy and social science more broadly, as well as Asian Studies.

chapter 1|4 pages


How would Asia and Europe go beyond the hate speech?

section Section 1|88 pages

Current state of hate speech

chapter 3|20 pages

Hate speech in Japan

Patriotic women, nation and love of country

chapter 4|16 pages

Banal misogyny

Inventing the myth of “women cannot drive” and its online hate speech in South Korea1

chapter 5|17 pages

Caricature as a form of hate speech?

The example of the diffusion of French “atomic humour” in Japan

section Section 2|98 pages

Countering and reforming hate speech

chapter 7|17 pages

Dialogues and diversity in Korea, Japan and France

The contribution of international law to hate speech legislation in national and transnational contexts

chapter 8|15 pages

When hate becomes illegal

Legislation processes of the anti-hate speech law in Japan

chapter 9|25 pages

Free marketplace of ideas

Applying the approach of the UN Human Rights Committee and the European Court of Human Rights in Philippine internet hate speech cases

chapter 10|39 pages

Can strategic human rights litigation complement social movements?

A case study of the movement against racism and hate speech in Japan1