Ten district courts across the nation are handling lawsuits filed by 420 hepatitis B sufferers and bereaved family members who accuse the state of failing to take necessary steps to avert the risk of hepatitis B virus infection from shared needles during mass vaccinations.

In hearings May 14 and May 17 before the Sapporo and Fukuoka District Courts, respectively, the government offered to start talks to settle the lawsuit.

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