Japan Lawmakers Agree on Payments to Ex-Leprosy Patients' Kin

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Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)--A nonpartisan group of Japanese lawmakers reached a broad agreement on Wednesday to offer family members of former leprosy patients up to 1.8 million yen in compensation per person.

The agreement came after a district court in June ordered the state to pay between 300,000 yen and 1.3 million yen per person to 541 of the 561 plaintiffs to compensate for the discrimination relatives of former leprosy patients suffered.

The lawmakers agreed that the relief measure will cover all plaintiffs, including the 20 people judged by the court to be ineligible for the compensation. The plaintiffs who died after filing the lawsuit will also be covered by the payments.

The group of lawmakers plans to submit a relevant bill to the ongoing extraordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament.

The preamble of the legislation will spell out the Diet and the government to clarify where the responsibility lies for the discrimination.

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