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The Osaka High Court ruled Thursday that the state was responsible for failing to properly supervise a manufacturer of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine that caused severe side effects in children, upholding a lower court decision.

Plaintiffs had sought 120 million yen in compensation from the state, but presiding Judge Katsutoshi Yokota rejected their claim, saying the manufacturer, the Research Foundation of Microbial Diseases of Osaka University, already paid 170 million yen in compensation to two of the families who won a damages suit at the Osaka District Court in March 2003 and 20 million yen in consolation money to the other family, which lost a legal battle over the issue.