March 13th 2019
A man, 41, from Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, who has autism, sought damages of ¥ 16.5 million from the prefecture, because his DNA was collected from the prefectural police without his consent. He was awarded 110,000 yen. The ruling was made at the Kobe District Court on the 13th March.
Judge Koji Yamaguchi ruled that the DNA collection was illegal, and ordered the prefecture to pay 110,000 yen. According to the ruling, in October 2015, a man burned plastic bags in Nishinomiya city, and was accompanied by the prefectural police Nishinomiya station, and DNA was collected from his mouth.
Judge Yamaguchi pointed out that the man was unable to understand letters and numbers and had no ability to understand the meaning of providing genetic information.