Emperor and Empress have now visited every leprosy sanitarium in Japan

July 28, 2014

According to Nippon TV:

On Tuesday, July 22nd, Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko paid a visit to…a leprosy sanitarium located in the northeastern Japanese city of Tome, Miyagi Prefecture.

The Emperor and Empress have long been concerned about the plight of patients suffering from leprosy, having visited a leprosy sanitarium for the first time in 1968. With this stop, they have now been to all 14 of such sanitariums in Japan.

The couple talked with residents about their experiences, discovering that some have called the place their home for nearly 75 years.

To read the entire article on Nippon TV or to view the video report, please click here.

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