Japan’s top court approves blanket surveillance of Muslims

Japan’s top court approves blanket surveillance of Muslims, by News Desk.

[Some Japanese Muslims] sued the government following a 2010 leak of 114 police files revealed nationwide surveillance of Muslims in the country. The files revealed that Muslim places of worship, halal restaurants and Islam-related organisations across Japan’s capital, Tokyo, were being monitored.

The plaintiffs hoped the courts would deem the police practices illegal. However, after two appeals, the Supreme Court dismissed the case on May 31. The justices agreed with a lower court that the plaintiffs deserved a total of ¥90 million ($880,000) in compensation because the leak violated their privacy. The court, however, did not interject on the police profiling or surveillance practices, which a lower court ruling upheld as “necessary and inevitable” against the threat of international terrorism.

Japan has not allowed mass Muslim immigration, or indeed any mass immigration. I don’t recall any incidents of Muslims attack in Japan.