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The top court ordered the Takamatsu High Court in Kagawa Prefecture, which had handed down the second rejection, to hold the retrial, saying the dangers of taking to the pitch on a day when a thunderstorm advisory was in effect were foreseeable.

Mitsutoshi Kitamura and his parents are seeking some 300 million yen in damages from the privately operated Tosa High School in the city of Kochi and the organizers of the soccer tournament, which was held in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture.

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