Staff writer

A citizens' group demanded Wednesday that a sign put up by a Tokyo private hospital be removed because it implies illegal aliens will be reported to immigration authorities.

Six members of the Asian People's Friendship Society, based in Tokyo's Itabashi Ward, met with officials of Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital in Shinjuku Ward to formally protest the sign mounted above the emergency room reception desk, calling it erroneous and discriminative. The group criticized the sign as something that may turn away foreigners who need treatment for life-threatening problems.