Makihara Sues Leiji Matsumoto for Repeated Copyright Accusations

In late 2006, Leiji Matsumoto accused J-Pop singer Noriyuki Makihara of plagiarizing lyrics from the Galaxy Express 999 manga, and announced that he would like to hear an apology from Makihara.

Now Makihara Noriyuk has filed a 22 million yen lawsuit against Leiji Matsumoto for "repeated demands for an apology and false accusation."

According to ANN:

Makihara's office said they "cannot comment" on the matter. Regarding the phrases, Matsumoto said, "In the past 10 years, I've used these words in lectures to countless youth."

- Leiji Matsumoto Accuses J-Pop Singer Noriyuki Makihara of Plagiarizing Galaxy Express 999 Lyrics (2006-11-02)

- Yahoo! Japan

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