JIADEP Note: Is distributing leaflets a crime? Anyone who lives in Japan will find all sort of advertisements stuffed in the mailbox. Pornographic and sexual solicitations abound. But what about documents espousing political opinion? According to the Supreme Court, opinions which do not jibe with the powers that be are subject to criminal prosecution. Lower courts have handed down varying judgements.

Some of the more recent cases:

Tachikawa Self-Defense Forces Case

Arakawa Case