OITA (Kyodo) A Chinese woman who is a permanent resident of Japan filed a lawsuit Friday after the Oita Prefectural Government refused to review its decision to reject her welfare application, which was made based on the premise that foreign residents do not have the right to collect welfare benefits.

The 77-year-old, who grew up in Japan and resides in Oita Prefecture, filed the suit with the Oita District Court seeking to overturn the Oita Prefectural Government’s decision, claiming that a refusal based on nationality violates her right to equality as guaranteed by the Constitution.

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