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A court has rejected a plagiarism claim by an artist who argued a merchants’ association in Nara Prefecture had copied one of his artworks featuring a telephone booth filled with water and dozens of goldfish.

Nobuki Yamamoto, 63, a contemporary artist, filed a damages suit with the Nara District Court last September, seeking ¥3.3 million from the association for its display of a similar phone booth on a shopping street in Yamatokoriyama, a city known for its goldfish farms.

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