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Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. referred to customers who developed blotches on their skin after using its skin-whitening cosmetics as “minefields” during a meeting last year on how to deal with possible damages suits against the company, sources said Friday.

The expression insulting victims of the company’s defective products drew an immediate backlash and may affect damages suits filed in district courts in Tokyo and Shizuoka and Hiroshima prefectures.

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