Japan pension office branch head replaced after hate speech tweets

The head of a Tokyo pension office who repeatedly tweeted discriminatory remarks against individuals including South Koreans was replaced Monday.
The Japan Pension Service, a government organization, and other sources said that in the now deleted tweets, Yukihisa Kasai called South Koreans "cowardly people with vassal-like spirits" and said, "Korean residents should be purged from Japan and new entries refused."
Kasai, who headed the JPS branch office in Setagaya Ward, also described Japanese opposition lawmakers as "a group of extortionists who get money for just being there."
Kasai admitted he was the originator of the tweets after people pinned him down on Twitter, according to the JPS, which effectively dismissed him by transferring him to the human resource division of the body, administered by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.
The revelation comes less than a week after a director of the ministry was dismissed after allegedly assaulting an airport worker in Seoul and telling the worker he hates South Koreans.
The director, who was on a personal trip, was under the influence of alcohol and temporarily detained on March 19, South Korean police said.

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