I feel heartbreaking grief over the fact that courts, which are supposed to play a major role in realizing constitutional values, betrayed these expectations. I must deeply apologize to society and members of the public in addition to former patients.
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Supreme Court Chief Justice Itsuro Terada, apologizing to former leprosy patients and the nation for the top court's past discriminatory practice of trying leprosy patients in so-called "special courts" outside of standard courtrooms. (Mainichi Shimbun) Read