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The Tokyo District Court on Monday rejected a 10 million yen damages suit filed by the Aum Shinrikyo cult against the Mainichi Shimbun over a report on the cult’s alleged ongoing research on the nerve gas sarin.

Presiding Judge Takahisa Fukuda said in the ruling that the report in the Mainichi’s May 26 morning editions did not say Aum, which now calls itself Aleph, is researching the deadly gas as an organization.

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