WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination Yohei Sasakawa sends 2nd letter of objection to President Macron

During an interview with the newspaper Ouest-France published on October 31, French President Emmanuel Macron said, “Europe is facing a risk: that of dismemberment through nationalist leprosy and being pushed over by external powers, and therefore to lose its sovereignty.”

Yohei Sasakawa, WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination (and Chairman of The Nippon Foundation) sent a personal letter to President Macron dated November 12, 2018, in which he appealed to President Macron not to use leprosy as a label or epithet for something negative or threatening. A copy of the letter was also delivered to the Embassy of France in Tokyo.