Introduction

Purposes・Missions・What the Museum should be・Functions

 Purposes

The National Hansen’s Disease Museum was established as part of the national effort to erase the stigma associated with Hansen’s disease and to restore the respect of people affected by the disease by building a space for public edification and dissemination of correct information regarding this disease. The efforts are based on the “Statement by the Prime Minister Concerning a Swift and Comprehensive Solution to the Hansen’s Disease Issue”, and the eighteenth article of the “Law on the Promotion of Issues Related to Hansen’s disease.”

 Missions

  • To promote the disseminate information and awareness about Hansen’s disease.
  • To erase the stigma, discrimination of, and social exclusion against people affected by the disease.
  • To learn and teach from the long history of stigma and discrimination against Hansen’s disease with a focus on the errors of the segregation policy, and to relate the sufferings, hardships, and legacies of people fighting against the illness.
  • To restore the respect of those who have suffered difficulties and hardships due to Hansen’s disease, and to nurture the spirit of respect for human rights.
  • To realize the social integration of people affected by Hansen’s disease.

 What the Museum should be

  • Hub of Dissemination and Eradication

    Liaising with sanatoriums, we provide society with information on the medical knowledge of the disease, the history of treatment, the history of prejudice and discrimination against patients and former patients and their hardships, and promote understanding of the disease as an information center for Hansen’s disease. We provide guests with the opportunity to consider human rights and other issues.

  • Hub of Information

    We receive and accumulate all information regarding the disease and pass it on to the next generation. We liaise with domestic and overseas institutions that make similar efforts and share the information with the world.

  • Hub of Exchange

    We promote the exchange between guests and telling people, patients, and former patients in the Museum.

 Functions

  • Education and edification

    Releasing the fruits of the collection, preservation, research, and development of books and materials to the public through education and edification to promote an understanding of Hansen’s disease and eliminate prejudice, discrimination, and social exclusion related to the disease.

  • Exhibition

    As is the case in education and edification, making public the fruits of the collection, preservation, research, and development of books and materials through exhibition to promote an understanding of Hansen’s disease and eliminate prejudice, discrimination, and social exclusion related to the disease.

  • Collection and preservation

    Collecting and preserving books and materials related to the disease to prevent them from being scattered and lost and to convey them to future generations in an appropriate form.

  • Research and study

    Conducting a variety of research and study related to the disease and producing effective materials for the activities of the Museum such as education, edification, and exhibition.

  • Information center

    Receiving, transmitting, and accumulating information related to the disease and collaborating with other institutions nationwide.

  • Management and services

    Operating the museum efficiently and conducting activities that improve convenience for users.

  • Planning and coordination

    Coordinating the activities of the museum for efficient implementation, promoting liaison with other related institutions nationwide, and conducting activities to improve awareness of the existence and significance of the museum.