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People with Minamata disease still face discrimination and prejudice half a century after the official recognition of the mercury-poisoning disease, they said at a public forum in Tokyo.

Speaking at the forum Sunday — in which more than 100 people, including patients and their supporters, took part — Hideki Sato, 51, head of a patients group, said there still are people who hesitate to reveal the disease, once considered rare and infectious, out of fear of discrimination.

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