The Tokyo District Court rejected on Friday a lawsuit seeking to force Gov. Yukio Aoshima and other Tokyo municipal officials to make public all documents on entertainment expenses.

Presiding Judge Kaoru Aoyagi ruled that because documents in question were discarded after the three-year preservation period ran out, it is now impossible to make them public. The lawsuit was filed by Yuichi Goto, 48, a representative of a Tokyo citizens’ group.

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