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The Tokyo District Court ruled Tuesday that a Yomiuri Shimbun reporter had no justification to refuse to reveal a news source in connection with a U.S. health food company’s lawsuit filed in the United States over the fact that its Japanese subsidiary was fined for tax evasion in 1997.

The ruling contrasts with a decision handed down last October by the Niigata District Court that said an NHK reporter’s refusal to reveal a news source in the same case was justifiable.

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