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A court on Thursday dismissed a damages lawsuit arguing the government's blanket exclusion of the sex industry from a cash handout program for pandemic-hit small companies violates the right to equality guaranteed under the Constitution.

In the lawsuit filed with the Tokyo District Court in September 2020, a woman running a sex worker-dispatching business in western Japan demanded the payment of the benefits, as well as money totaling ¥4.46 million ($33,000) for having been discriminated against "without reasonable grounds."

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