OSAKA — The Osaka District Court on March 26 ordered three local governments to pay partial damages totaling 570,000 yen to six foreign residents who demanded compensation from the state and seven prefectures after being unjustly arrested and tried for refusing to be fingerprinted under the Alien Registration Law.

Presiding Judge Mitsuo Maesaka ordered Osaka, Kanagawa and Hiroshima prefectures to compensate the six residents. The group brought the suit after being arrested for failing to report to police as ordered after they refused to be fingerprinted upon registering at their local district offices.

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