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The damage to agricultural crops caused by ozone — a poisonous compound commonly found in smog — amounts to an estimated 20 billion yen every year in the Kanto region alone, Shizuoka University researchers said Saturday.

The study, conducted by Toshimasa Ohara, a professor of atmospheric environment engineering, and Kensaku Takagi, a graduate student at Shizuoka University, was released at an academic conference on atmospheric studies in Kitakyushu on Saturday.

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