The Tokyo District Court ruled Friday that a list compiled by the Defense Agency of people who asked it for information was a violation of their privacy.

In handing down the ruling on a suit filed by 53-year-old writer Tsutomu Kuji, of Saitama Prefecture, presiding Judge Akio Doi said, “Compiling and distributing a list, including personal information such as addresses and telephone numbers, violates privacy and is illegal.”

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