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The Tokyo High Court upheld on June 26 a lower court ruling and ordered the national government and Kanagawa Prefecture to pay about 4 million yen in damages to a former Japanese Communist Party official for bugging his home phone in Machida, Tokyo, in 1986.

The high court said a Kanagawa Prefectural Police official wiretapped the conversations of Yasuo Ogata and his family in a planned and consistent manner. Ogata was the JCP’s international department chief at the time.

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