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For Yohei Sasakawa's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World Nov 14, 2010

Erasing the stigma for sufferers of leprosy

At its 15th session, which ended at the beginning of October, the U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution encouraging governments to eliminate discrimination against people affected by leprosy — and their family members. As the World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination, ...

Commentary / World Nov 6, 2009

Recalling a saint's legacy to leprosy victims

In early October, "Father Damien" was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. This religious and spiritual ceremony is an opportunity to reflect on Father Damien's life and the lives of those with whom he was most closely associated — people affected by leprosy. In ...

Commentary / World Jan 31, 2005

Fires of hope for the leprosy-afflicted

There is a disease that is completely curable. It is phenomenally hard to contract. If caught early, it has little to no effect on those who have been touched by it. Yet, mention of this disease fills people with more dread, with more gut-level ...