Abe to Issue Statement on Leprosy Suit Decision

Politics Society

Tokyo, July 11 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to issue a statement as early as Friday on his decision not to appeal a recent court ruling ordering the state to pay damages to family members of former leprosy sufferers, officials said.

In the statement, Abe is expected to stress that he has made an unusual decision to resolve the issue at an early date. He is also likely to unveil plans to take legislative action to pay the compensation.

Abe is also slated to meet with the plaintiffs soon, as they requested, to tell them of his decision.

Friday is the deadline for appealing the June district court ruling that ordered the state to pay a total of 376 million yen in damages to the plaintiffs for the discrimination they suffered under its isolation policy against leprosy patients.

"We should not prolong the suffering of the families who have endured hardships that are beyond description," Abe told reporters on Tuesday. "With this in mind, while it is a rare case, we have decided not to appeal against the ruling."

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