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Japan court condemns ministry over sailor suicide cover-up

Published on Apr 23, 2014 2:26 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - A court condemned Japan's defence ministry on Wednesday for hiding evidence that proved there was a link between a young sailor's suicide and his vicious bullying by a senior officer.

Tokyo High Court ordered the government and the officer to pay more than US$700,000 (S$880,000) in compensation to the family of a 21-year-old man who killed himself by jumping in front of a train in 2004.

The officer, who was serving aboard the warship Tachikaze, reportedly shot at his young charge with an airgun and forced him to buy pornographic movies.

Neither man has been publicly identified.

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