Final Agreement Reached on Payments to Ex-Leprosy Patients' Families

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Tokyo, Oct. 24 (Jiji Press)--A nonpartisan group of Japanese lawmakers reached final agreement on Thursday to offer family members of former leprosy patients compensation of between 1.3 million yen and 1.8 million yen per person.

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

"It's finally the day we've been waiting for," said Chikara Hayashi, 95, who heads the plaintiff group of relatives of former leprosy sufferers.

But Hayashi said, "Relatives of former leprosy patients have their own lives, and no one should believe that 1.8 million yen can redeem them."

Yasuyuki Tokuda, a lead lawyer for the plaintiff group, said, "I think (the agreement) is another step toward the elimination of discrimination and prejudice" against relatives of former leprosy patients.

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