The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal filed by Defense Minister Tomomi Inada in a defamation suit against The Mainichi Newspapers Co. over a Sunday Mainichi weekly magazine report on what it called Inada's close ties to anti-Korean resident hate speech group Zaitokukai.
The Third Petty Bench decision, dated May 30, upheld the rulings of two lower courts. Inada had been seeking 5.5 million yen in damages.
The article in question was published in the Oct. 5, 2014 edition of Sunday Mainichi, when Inada was chairwoman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's Policy Research Council, and reported that between 2010 and 2012 her political funding organization had received donations from eight people connected to the Zaitokukai. The article pointed out that Inada was "remarkably close" to the hate speech group.
The two lower court decisions dismissing Inada's defamation claim stated that "the article in question evaluated the issue based on facts, and there has been no violation of the law."
A spokesperson for The Mainichi Newspapers Co. President's Office commented, "We believe the court's decision acknowledging our company's position was appropriate."