The judge declared the technology allowing the government to collect massive amount of metadata was likely to violate the fourth amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, and described it as "almost Orwellian." He also said the technology was "unlike anything that could have been conceived in 1979," referring to 1979 court decision upon which NSA now relies to justify its phone recording activity.
I admire the sophisticated expression that compared the surveillance technology as George Orwell's fiction.
So, what's a lesson for Japan? A few weeks ago, a controversial state secret bill was approved in the Diet. Can we expect another Edward Snowden would appear if there were a serious violation of the Constitution? Or would the court judge fairly in such case?