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Japan rightwinger to be jailed for Korea hate campaign

Published on Dec 18, 2012 4:51 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A Japanese court has sentenced a nationalist to a year in jail after a hate campaign against a pharmaceutical firm which had a South Korean actress as its public face, reports said on Tuesday.

Hitoshi Nishimura, 44, and three other men barged into the headquarters of Rohto Pharmaceutical in the western city of Osaka and angrily demanded to know why the company was using Kim Tae-Hee in its commercials, media said.

Nishimura claimed Ms Kim was an anti-Japanese activist who has been involved in a campaign asserting Seoul's sovereignty over disputed islands located between the two nations.

In footage of the confrontation that was posted on the Internet, Nishimura rails against company officials and claims to represent "angry Japanese throughout the country".

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