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The Tokyo High Court reversed on June 24 a 1995 lower court decision ordering a public entity to publish data on the possible leakage of polluted water from a waste dumping site in Hinode, western Tokyo

The cancellation of the Tokyo District Court’s decision has dealt a blow to local groups opposing the construction of another facility to dispose of garbage from 3.65 million residents of Tokyo’s Tama area, observers said. Local environmental groups suspect that waterproof sheets beneath layers of waste have developed numerous leaks and that polluted water has been leaking, posing a danger to local residents’ health.

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