Makoto Sakurai, leader of the Japanese fascist group Zaitokukai, taunts visitors to the campus of the Korea University in Kodaira, Tokyo in a protest held on the 50th anniversary of the university earlier this winter. “I will kill you! I’m not joking!” he says, “We came here to kill North Koreans!”
Established in 1956 by the de-facto North Korean embassy in Japan, Chongryon, the university receives funding directly from the DPRK government, and its graduates are often sent to teach at North Korean schools across Japan.
While the full name of Zaitokukai means “Citizens against Special Privilege of Zainichi (Koreans),” the group has also been known to protest against Filipinos, Chinese and even Halloween.