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The Sendai District Court ordered the government to pay a combined ¥300,000 in damages to five people after finding that the Self-Defense Forces Intelligence Security Command violated their personal rights during its monitoring of public rallies against the SDF dispatch to Iraq.

In the lawsuit, 107 people from Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures argued the SDF unit illegally collected personal information on rally participants.

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