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The Supreme Court said Thursday it will hold a hearing in April on an appeal made against a lower court decision that ordered NHK and two TV producers to compensate a women’s rights group over the censorship of a 2001 TV documentary about the wartime use of sex slaves by the Japanese military.

This indicates the top court will change the Tokyo High Court’s decision, handed down last January, legal experts said. The top court customarily considers legal disputes through documents and opens a session only when it intends to change a lower court decision, they said.

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