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The Supreme Court upheld on Tuesday a lower court decision rejecting demands for social welfare by a Chinese man claiming that denying such aid to non-Japanese is discriminatory and violates the Constitution.

Handing down the ruling, Chief Justice Masamichi Okuda said, “Whether or not to allow foreigners without a proper visa to apply for social welfare is within the discretion of a legislative body, and the fact that the social welfare law is not applicable to such people does not constitute unreasonable discrimination or violate the Constitution.”

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