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The Democratic Party of Japan submitted a set of requests to health minister Junichiro Koizumi on Mar. 31, demanding better treatment for people with HIV or AIDS and measures to eradicate public prejudice and discrimination against those with the human immunodeficiency virus.

DPJ coleader Naoto Kan and Satoru Ienishi, a DPJ Lower House member, met with Koizumi and demanded that the ministry quickly approve a new class of anti-AIDS drugs developed overseas. Ienishi, 36, said the number of AIDS deaths in the U.S. and Europe reportedly decreased considerably last year thanks to the drugs, called protease inhibitors.

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