The Supreme Court on Nov. 30 upheld a high court ruling that had found a 62-year-old Buddhist monk “guilty of trespassing” for entering a Tokyo condominium to distribute political fliers for the Japan Communist Party in December 2004. The ruling fined him ¥50,000.

The Supreme Court’s Second Petit Bench attached importance to the fact that notices in the entrance hall of the building prohibited the insertion of leaflets and pamphlets into door mailboxes. The court decided that the monk, Mr. Yosei Arakawa, infringed on the residents’ peace and privacy.

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