• Abiko, Chiba


Reiji Yoshida’s May 8 article, “Constitution protects all” — about how far Japan’s Constitution protects the rights of foreigners — is a bit misleading.

The 1978 Supreme Court decision referred to in the article states in part: “Constitutional guarantee on the freedom of political activities extends to foreign nationals staying in Japan, except those activities which are considered to be inappropriate by taking into account the status as a foreign national, such as activities which have influence on political decision-making and its implementation in Japan.”

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