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Japanese confectionery firm kicks up a stink

This article was originally published in Foodnews

A JAPANESE confectionery factory in Kyoto, Ishida Roho, is to pay JPY935 000 (about USD11 000) as compensation for "pain and suffering" caused by the sweet smell drifting from the factory, after 17 neighbourhood residents filed a lawsuit.

The Kyoto District Court had ordered the company to pay JPY2.8 million last September when the presiding judge ruled that the smell was "beyond tolerable levels" and that it would have been a hardship if it had continued for a long time (FOODNEWS 24 September). However, the court has now agreed upon JPY1 million.

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