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The Fukuoka High Court has ruled that foreigners are eligible for social welfare, siding with a Chinese permanent resident who demanded the city of Oita’s denial of her benefits be overturned.

“Foreigners with permanent residency are also eligible for legal protection under the public assistance law,” presiding Judge Hiroshi Koga said in handing down the verdict, which overturned an earlier decision by the Oita District Court that rejected her request.

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