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The Otsu District Court on Monday ordered the national government, the Shiga Prefectural Government and the former president of a failed shoulder-pad manufacturer to pay a total of 260 million yen in connection with the abuse of mentally disabled workers at the firm.

Eighteen people — 16 former workers and the parents of an employee who died on the job — brought the damages suit demanding a total of 530 million yen from the national and prefectural governments and Shigetaro Wada, 56, the former president of Sun Group, which was located in Gokasho, Shiga Prefecture.

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