Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Hate expressions, such as one targeting the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, or Chongryon, had temporarily appeared on Google Maps, Jiji Press learned Sunday.
Chongryon’s Tokyo headquarters had been described as a criminal on the online map, while the former Tokyo headquarters site of the opposition Social Democratic Party had been described as the Japan chapter of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party of Korea.
These descriptions were deleted by Friday. It is not known who wrote them. On the map, the Mie Prefecture branch of the pro-Seoul Korean Residents Union in Japan, or Mindan, had been described as an anti-Japan South Korean base.
Chongryon’s Human Rights Association for Korean Residents in Japan said that the description is “discriminatory and cannot be justified” and that Google’s responsibility as the map’s provider can be pursued.
The SDP said, “Malicious postings should be restricted.”
Inappropriate descriptions by users had temporarily appeared on Google Maps in several cases in the past.
In 2015, three people were criminally accused of posting information on a map that described the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima as a nuclear test site. At the time, Google said it was strengthening its ability to detect inaccurate information and prevent inaccurate descriptions.Speech