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The Tokyo District Court ruled Thursday that the government has a duty to provide full medical treatment to anyone detained for criminal trial, awarding 1.2 million yen in damages to a stroke victim who did not promptly receive surgery while being held.

The victim, 54-year-old Hiroshi Hisatsune, and his father filed a 37.5 million yen damages suit against the government. They claimed that the delay in transferring Hisatsune to a hospital from a Tokyo detention center caused him to suffer lasting effects, including partial paralysis.

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