TO: International Community,

    We Ask You To Express Your Opinion!

    For Leprosy Compensation cases brought by South Korean and Taiwanese in the Tokyo district court of Japan.

 

On October 25, 2005, for gJapan's Hansen Disease Compensation Lawh cases, the Tokyo District Court made two contrasting rulings over suits by foreign Hansen disease (leprosy) patients, in favor of Taiwanese former patients, but against South Koreans.

117 South Korean former patients and 25 Taiwanese sought compensation from the Japanese government in two separate lawsuits for forcible segregation in leprosaria, both during Japanese colonial rule.

       Please, to the Prime Minister of Japan, and to Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare (MHLW), express you opinion, especially that:

1) gDO NOT APPEAL AGAINST THE DECISION FOR TAIWANESE CASEh

2) gREVISE IMMEDIATELY THE BULLETIN OF MHLW SO THAT BOTH SOUTH KOREAN PATIENTS AND TAIWANESE PATIENTS CAN RECEIVE COMPENSATIONh

 

Prime Minister of Japan

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Minister of Health, Labour, and Welware:

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The following text may be useful just for your reference. We would appreciate it if you each would write each different text!

Please call for the attention of you family and friend, and convey our concerns against discrimination to the Japanese government! Thank you.

 

 

Dear Prime Minister of Japan, Junichiro Koizumi,

     Minister of Health, Labour, and Wealth, Jiro Kawasaki,

 

On October 25, 2005, for gHansen Disease Compensation Lawh cases, the Tokyo District Court made the rulings over suits by foreign Hansen disease (leprosy) patients, in favor of Taiwanese former patients (the 38th section of the Tokyo District Court), but against South Korean former patients (the 3rd section of the Tokyo District Court), despite both are in almost the same situation.

Hansen Disease Compensation Law was enacted for the purpose of compensation for non-economic damages, based upon the history that Japanese segregation policy against leprosy patients had caused grievous pains and sufferings of patients and former patients. In light of the purpose and equity of the law, it is unforgivable to exclude South Korean and Taiwanese former patients from compensation as they were forcibly institutionalized by the same Japanese segregation policy. The decision of the 38th section in favor of Taiwanese is reasonable and nothing surprising, but that of the 3rd section against South Korean is extremely unjust in that it does not understand the purpose and equity of the law.

Average age of the plaintiffs is beyond 81 years old. It is unjustifiable for the Japanese government to delay the solution because of the different judgments. International community now pays attention to the response of the Japanese government.

I request that:

1) JAPANESE GOVERNMENT NOT APPEAL AGAINST THE DECISION FOR TAIWANESE CASE;

2) MINISTER OF HEALTH, LABOUR, AND WEALTH REVISE IMMEDIATELY ITS BULLETIN SO AS TO CLARIFY THAT BOTH SOUTH KOREAN PATIENTS AND TAIWANESE PATIENTS CAN RECEIVE COMPENSATION.

 


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