• Kyodo News


It is unconstitutional for a municipal government to offer city-owned land without charge for the site of a Shinto shrine, the Supreme Court said Wednesday.

The ruling by the top court’s Grand Bench upheld the contention of the plaintiffs, reportedly two local residents, that the municipal government of Sunagawa, Hokkaido, violated the Constitution’s principle of separation of state and religion by granting the shrine city land free of charge.

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