Takeshi Abe, the former vice president of Teikyo University, lost a 40 million yen damages suit against the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper Friday over articles in which he was accused of improper conduct in connection with the HIV scandal.

The Tokyo District Court verified the newspaper’s allegations that Abe, a hemophilia expert, forced drugmakers to donate funds toward his research in return for his influence over the medical testing of heated blood products for hemophiliacs.

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