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The Fukuoka District Court on Tuesday ordered Mitsui Mining Co. and Mitsui Coal Mining Co. to pay 1.59 billion yen in damages to former miners and relatives of dead miners for injuries resulting from black lung disease.

The companies must pay the damages to 103 former workers and 43 relatives of dead miners, markedly fewer than the 257 plaintiffs who had demanded 4.7 billion yen in a series of suits dating back to August 1993.

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