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Hyogo, Japan football groups fail to firmly deal with racial slur

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The Hyogo Football Association failed to take rigorous action against discriminatory remarks made by a man who was serving as secretary-general toward an ethnic Korean colleague.

The secretary-general provoked the senior official of the Hyogo Korean football association during a drinking party in Kobe in March by saying things such as, “Come on, you Korean!”

At an extraordinary general meeting of the Hyogo Football Association, the prefectural branch of the Japan Football Association, in June, he also said, “I do hate (North) Korea, which is an anti-Japanese abductor state. I have nothing more or less than that to say, period.”

Kenichi Mikitani, head of the prefectural association, released a statement on Sept. 19, the day after The Asahi Shimbun ran a story on the issue, saying the remarks “were made privately during a private meeting” and “were not made in the capacity of a senior official of our association.”

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