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The Tokyo District Court on Tuesday ordered a freelance journalist quoted in a magazine article to pay ¥1 million in damages to Oricon Inc. for stating that its music charts are fixed and inaccurately rank the tunes.

Oricon sued music journalist Hiromichi Ugaya, 45, for ¥50 million in damages and an apology. The case has drawn attention because Ugaya did not write the article and was merely quoted in it.

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