Tokyo publisher completes 8-year project to compile writing from sanatoria.
Tokyo-based publishing house Koseisha has issued the final volumes of a 10-volume set of essays, poetry, fiction and children's writing by residents of Japan's leprosy sanatoria*.
Work on the project known as the Hansenbyo bungaku zenshu (Collected Works of Hansen's Disease Literature) began in 2002 and was completed in July. The books represent a remarkable compendium of writing dating back to the 1920s produced by those confined for life under the government's past policy of isolating people with the disease.
An interview with publisher Shuichi Fujimaki will appear in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.
Perry Enriquez, a long-time resident of Carville, Louisiana, died on July 22 at the age of 102. He first arrived at Carville, then the national leprosarium for the continental United States, in 1936. Goodwill Ambassador Yohei Sasakawa had the pleasure of meeting Perry when he visited Carville in October last year. When asked what the secret to a long life was, Perry told Sasakawa that it was singing and playing the guitar, and not drinking or smoking.
The Human Rights Council Advisory Committee was due to meet in early August to review the revised draft set of principles and guidelines for ending stigma and discrimination against people affected by leprosy and their family members.
If adopted, the text will be submitted to the Council's 15th session in September.