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The Supreme Court on March 26 upheld lower court rulings prohibiting a Tokyo condominium resident from keeping a dog.

The top court ruled that a condominium management union’s provision prohibiting dogs has rationality in that keeping dogs in a common housing building may cause discomfort to other residents of the building. The top court also ordered the dog owner to pay 400,000 yen in damages to the management union, comprised of residents of the condominium in Tokyo’s Shinagawa Ward.

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