• Kyodo


A junior high school affiliated with Kanazawa University will issue a graduation diploma to an 81-year-old woman who was forced to leave its predecessor institution 66 years ago after being diagnosed with Hansen’s disease, previously known as leprosy, university officials said.

The school will issue the diploma to Ai Asai, who currently lives in a government-run sanitarium in Gunma Prefecture, on Dec. 21, officials said Friday. It will be presented to her in a ceremony at the school Dec. 25.

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