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The Wakayama District Court ordered the government Tuesday to pay 66 million yen to the family of a Ground Self-Defense Force sergeant who was killed by a fellow sergeant in 2004.

Presiding Judge Hiroshi Muraoka issued the order in ruling on a 100 million yen damages suit filed against the government last July by the family of slain Master Sgt. Shinichi Shimizu, who was 37.

Sgt. 2nd Class Kenzo Masuda, 35, was convicted of murder for beating Shimizu with a hammer and strangling him at the GSDF’s Wakayama garrison in the town of Mihama, Wakayama Prefecture, on July 9, 2004.

Shimizu’s family had argued that Masuda resented Shimizu for personnel changes and that the state was negligent in taking proper action to prevent the crime.

Last November, the same court ordered Masuda to pay 70 million yen in damages to Shimizu’s relatives.

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