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OSAKA — The Osaka District Court ordered a male junior high school teacher Sept. 25 to pay 500,000 yen in compensation to a former female colleague whom he harassed.

The 37-year-old plaintiff, a fellow teacher at an Osaka municipal junior high school, filed suit with the district court in 1994, claiming the man harassed her by making up and spreading disgraceful rumors about her. The defendant, who is in his 40s, told other teachers on the train and at bars that the plaintiff was too aggressive and selfish but wept before the principal to influence his decisions on school matters, according to the ruling.

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