Tokyo Court Rejects Damage Suit over Security Laws
Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo District Court dismissed on Thursday a damage suit against the Japanese government by citizens who claimed that the national security laws allowing the country to exercise the right to collective self-defense are unconstitutional.
In the lawsuit, 1,553 Japanese citizens sought 100,000 yen in damages per head, arguing that they suffered emotional pain due to the laws that came into effect in 2016.
Presiding Judge Tatsuro Maezawa said that the plaintiffs had not suffered any damage that should be compensated. But he stopped short of ruling whether the laws are constitutional.
The plaintiff side will appeal to a higher court.
On the plaintiffs' claim that the laws threaten their right to live in peace, Maezawa said that the right "is not something that guarantees specific rights."
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