23 Jan '11, 10pm

Hepatitis B patients in Japan to accept settlement

TOKYO - Japanese Hepatitis B patients who sued the government after they supposedly caught the disease during a vaccination exercise have agreed to accept a settlement, which will cost the state up to ¥3.2 trillion ($49.7 billion). The plaintiffs agreed to the plan on condition that the government issue an apology and offer them compensation, the Kyodo News agency reported yesterday. At least 440,000 people nationwide are believed to have been infected by the repeated use of needles during group vaccinations decades ago. About 630 people have filed damages suits in 10 district courts across Japan. The Sapporo District Court proposed earlier this month that the government pay ¥12.5 million to ¥36 million in damages to the patients based on their condition, on top of ¥500,000 each in compensation. "It was a tough decision but we decided to accept the proposal to swiftly end ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Hotnews/EDC110124-0000140/Hepa...

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