Japanese Court Nullifies Ban On "mannequin Flash Mob"

Japanese court nullifies ban on "mannequin flash mob"A Japanese court Wednesday nullified a ban on mannequin flash mobs issued by a city in Kanagawa Prefecture near Tokyo, without assessing whether the order violated the constitutional right to freedom of expression.

The Yokohama District Court sided with plaintiffs including Minako Yoshida, an Ebina city assembly member, who staged a mannequin flash mob in an Ebina city walkway. The plaintiffs claimed the ban was an excessive restriction on freedom of expression.

According to the ruling, around 10 people including Yoshida gathered as a flash mob at the walkway over Ebina Station in February last year and stood still for several minutes while holding a board which said "we do not tolerate (Prime Minister Shinzo) Abe's politics."