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A group of people who sued the government after contracting HIV from tainted blood products asked health minister Chikara Sakaguchi on Monday to provide help to the families of those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses and expand care for people with HIV or AIDS.

About 70 of the former plaintiffs met Sakaguchi at the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry building. According to people who attended the meeting, Sakaguchi expressed his deep regret for the tainted-blood scandal and pledged to do all he can to alleviate their suffering.

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