“Blanket surveillance” approved by Japan’s Supreme Court for all Muslim communities in Japan

If you are Muslim in Japan, or of you are a Japanese convert to the religion of Islam, chances are if you hang out at a mosque, you or chances are one of your co-Muslim brethren are having surveillance placed on you by the Japanese government. The Japanese government has decided that it will run what it calls “blanket surveillance” of Muslim communities in Japan.

Source: Independent

Japan’s top court has approved blanket surveillance of the country’s Muslims

‘They made us terrorist suspects, we never did anything wrong,’ says Japanese Muslim, Mohammed Fujita

by Matt Payton

June 30, 2016

Muslims in Japan pray for the release of two Japanese citizens being held captive by Islamic State militants, during Friday prayers at a mosque in Tokyo January 23, 2015 Reuters

Japan’s Supreme Court has upheld the government’s blanket surveillance of the country’s Muslim community.

The court struck down the second appeal by Japanese Muslim plaintiffs against what they perceive as an unconstitutional invasion of their privacy and freedom of religion.

A 2010 leak of 114 police files revealed nationwide surveillance of Japanese Muslims. The files revealed that Muslim places of worship, halal restaurants and Islam-related organisations across the capital, Tokyo, were being monitored.

Within a few weeks of the leak, the data had been downloaded 10,000 times in 20 different countries from a file-sharing website.

A group of 17 Japanese Muslims, mostly from Middle Eastern and North African countries, decided to sue the Japanese government for infringing on their constitutional rights.

Mohamed Fujita, a native of Japan who converted to Islam over 20 years ago, is one of the 17 plaintiffs fighting the surveillance.

He told Al Jazeera: “They made us terrorist suspects, we never did anything wrong – on the contrary.”


2 thoughts on ““Blanket surveillance” approved by Japan’s Supreme Court for all Muslim communities in Japan

  1. ‘the religion of Muslim’ ……isn’t it at least just a little bit embarrassing to you when you publish writing that is so bad? I mean for fucks sake. It is just so ignorant and sloppy. Do you speak like that too? Maybe phraseology like that it s why you struck out so badly in Qatar. Why would they want to deal with someone who could not properly differentiate usage of Islam and Muslim. You won’t be posting this comment because the truth hurts too much.

    • Hey, my favorite Starbucks coffee drinker, what’s up? Yeah, should have corrected it last night before shutting down the computer. Kind of embarrassing but you know how it goes…funny thing is, when I hastily threw it up last night, I said to myself, I bet that petty asshole shows up and comments. Sure enough, just like a good employee shows up like clock work. You are a good employee right? I suppose I’ll get around to cleaning it up. Enjoy the Starbucks this morning?

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