Suruga Bank Isn’t Above the Law

Or at least it shouldn’t be.  In April, Tokyo District Court Judge Nobuhiro Katada dismissed our case on “standing” grounds, ruling that the bank has  the right to acquire ethnic background information.

But here’s the rub: the bank conducts ethnic surveillance under the policy in secret, and it’s obligated to notify the people it has monitored. So it’s possible no one could ever show with any certainty that they’ve been monitored. It’s banned to obtain ethnic background under the banking laws.


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