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Students at west Japan univ. hit by coronavirus cluster infection claim discrimination

A dormitory for the Tenri University Rugby Club, where a novel coronavirus cluster infection occurred, is seen in the city of Tenri, Nara Prefecture, in western Japan, on Aug. 18, 2020. (Mainichi/Akiko Hirose)

TENRI, Nara -- Several students of Tenri University, where a novel coronavirus cluster infection occurred among 53 rugby club members at its dormitory, are claiming that they have suffered from discrimination, including being asked to quit their part-time jobs, the university revealed to the Mainichi Shimbun on Aug. 19.

    According to the university in the western Japan city of Tenri, multiple students who are not rugby club members have been reporting to the university that they were asked to quit their part-time jobs after the first case at the rugby club was announced on Aug. 16. The Tenri Municipal Government has also received similar complaints.

    Tenri University President Noriaki Nagao and Tenri Mayor Ken Namikawa will jointly hold a press conference on the afternoon of Aug. 20 to appeal to stop the discrimination against students.

    (Japanese original by Akiko Hirose, Sakurai Local Bureau)

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