Japan Govt Not to Appeal against Damages Ruling in Leprosy Suit

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Tokyo, July 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday announced his government's plan not to appeal against a recent landmark district court ruling that ordered the state to pay damages to relatives of former leprosy patients.

The government apparently found it necessary to recognize its responsibility for infringing on the human rights of the family members, seriously taking account of their claims that they have suffered discrimination due to the state's past policy of isolating leprosy patients, sources familiar with the matter said.

"We can't let the sufferings of the family members who have gone through indescribable experiences last any longer," Abe told reporters at the prime minister's office in Tokyo, while noting, "It's true that there are some points we can't accept in the ruling."

"The government won't file an appeal against the ruling although this is an unusual step," he said.

Abe said that he has instructed ministers concerned, including Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Takumi Nemoto, to take necessary steps based on the policy of not filing an appeal.

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