The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday ordered a journalist to pay 4 million yen in damages to Takeshi Abe, a former vice president of Teikyo University and a hemophilia expert, over a defamation case linked to a scandal involving HIV-tainted blood products.

In overturning a lower court decision, the high court ordered journalist Yoshiko Sakurai to compensate Abe over an article in the April 1994 issue of the monthly magazine Chuo Koron, as well as a book she has written. Abe had demanded 10 million yen in damages.

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