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The central government on Thursday rejected suggestions by the Kumamoto District Court that it reach an out-of-court settlement with the families of Hansen’s disease sufferers who died before their damages suit over forced segregation was filed, and for former patients who did not enter sanitariums.

The decision was conveyed during the day’s hearing on the case. Because plaintiffs have stated they want the court to make a ruling if the central government rejects settlement, the case is expected to close by the end of the year.

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