Doug in Kamakura writes in to let us know about an unfortunate lawsuit in Japan. "Oricon -- Japan's analog to Billboard in the United States and top music industry ranking chart provider -- filed a civil suit against freelance writer and music critic Ugaya Hiro in Tokyo District Court for damaging the ranking chart's "honor and credibility" through a quote used in a April 2006 issue of Cyzo (Saizou) magazine. Oricon is demanding 50,000,000 JPY ($416,666) in compensation from Ugaya."" They're not suing the magazine that published the article. They're not asking for a retraction of the article. They're just suing the guy the author of the article called up for a quote and who gave his opinion, questioning the ranking methodology of the Oricon charts. In fact, Oricon even admits that they only want Ugaya to "shut up" and issue an apology. Perhaps Japan should looking into passing a SLAPP law to prevent this kind of thing.
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