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Court says Japan government owes compensation to families of leprosy patients

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese court on Friday ordered the government to pay compensation to the families of leprosy patients who suffered discrimination and mistreatment because of government policies that violated their constitutional rights.

Miliary tuberculosis could be cause of illness

FROM ONE WITH SUPERFICIAL KNOWLEDGE , Kuantan

Volunteer shocked by online claims she is a cheat, gambler

KUALA LUMPUR: Tailor Chen Ang Kee, who has been volunteering at the Sungai Buloh National Leprosy Control Centre and the Ampang Old Folks Home for more than 20 years, recently became the victim of defamation on social media.

Japan court says forced sterilisations unconstitutional, refuses compensation - media

TOKYO (Reuters) - The forced sterilisation of two women decades ago as teenagers was unconstitutional, a Japanese court said on Tuesday, but rejected their demands for compensation, in the first of about 20 such cases closely watched nationwide, media said.

Japanese to compensate victims of forced sterilisation

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan on Wednesday passed a law compensating tens of thousands of people who were sterilised, often without their consent, under a government programme to prevent the birth of "inferior descendants" that remained in effect until 1996.

Japan's imperial couple faces a nearly unprecedented situation: retirement

TOKYO (Reuters) - When Japanese Emperor Akihito abdicates on April 30, he and Empress Michiko will fade into retirement after decades in the spotlight.

Committed to both his roles

JUGGLING multiple responsibilities at the same time can be tricky.

Easter Islanders seek outside help for iconic statues 'leprosy'

EASTER ISLAND, Chile (Reuters) - In just 100 years, the emblematic stone sculptures that guard the coastline of Easter Island could be little more than simple rectangular blocks, conservation experts are warning.

Living under the shadow of leprosy in Vietnam

Vu Thu: Tran Huu Hoa was scared, desperate and on the verge of suicide after his leprosy diagnosis in 1958, fearing he’d never work or marry in an age when lepers were completely shunned from Vietnam­ese society.

Italian fugitives shouldn't be 'drinking champagne' in France - Salvini

ROME (Reuters) - Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini urged French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday to extradite leftist guerrillas who have been hiding out in France for decades to avoid serving prison sentences in Italy.