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The Tokyo District Court turned down a damages suit Friday filed by failed condo developer Huser Ltd. that sought some ¥5 billion from nine local governments and two building inspection agencies for overlooking the fabrication of quake-resistance data on its condos.

Presiding Judge Hidetaka Matsui said the country’s building certification system does not require local governments to guarantee the legality of structures built after their certification, noting the system is based on trust in architects.

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