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In a landmark ruling, the government was ordered Friday to pay 1.82 billion yen in compensation to 127 former Hansen’s disease patients who claimed their rights were violated because they were forced into isolation while being treated.

The Kumamoto District Court upheld the claim by the 127 plaintiffs that the state chose to maintain a prewar segregation policy in formulating the 1953 Leprosy Prevention Law, even though the disease is not highly contagious and a cure was developed in the 1940s.

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