The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision that ordered the city of Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, to pay damages to a teachers union that was not allowed to use a school as a site for an educational seminar because of possible harassment from rightwing groups.

The top court’s No. 3 petty bench said the city abused its discretionary power in rejecting the union’s request because the effects on students from such harassment, if any, would have been limited as the gathering was scheduled for a holiday.

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