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Everybody in Japan knows that for journalistic thrills, you turn not to the nation's bland, daily newspapers but to its ribald, tabloid weeklies. They carry everything from celebrity gossip, true crime and light porn to serious investigative reports and political exposs. But some of the publications that pride themselves on embarrassing the rich and powerful are finding that their targets are now striking back. Last week the Tokyo district court ordered Shukan Bunshun to halt the distribution of its current issueafter 740,000 of the magazine's 770,000 print run had already been shipped to stores. The court ruled that the magazine had...

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