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Mizuho Securities Co. filed a lawsuit Friday against Tokyo Stock Exchange Inc. at the Tokyo District Court for 41.5 billion yen in damages, claiming the bourse caused it huge losses when the TSE computer system failed to process a correction to an erroneous order the brokerage placed last December.

The suit brought by Mizuho Securities, a unit of Mizuho Financial Group Inc., marks the first time a brokerage has sued the operator of the Tokyo Stock Exchange over equity trading.

Last December, a Mizuho Securities clerk mistakenly entered a sell order for 610,000 shares in staffing company J-Com Co. for 1 yen each. The actual order was one share for 610,000 yen.

As soon as the brokerage noticed the mistake, it tried to withdraw the sell order but the TSE’s computer system took time to process the cancellation order.

Sources said earlier this month that Mizuho lost about 40.7 billion yen buying back all the shares from people who bought at the erroneous price and said the brokerage has calculated 40.4 billion yen of that loss was due to a system failure at the TSE.

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