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Blind Masseurs' Law Ruled Unconstitutional.

Chosun Ilbo, Korea.
Thursday, May 25, 2006.

The Constitutional Court by a majority of seven to one on Friday ruled against a law that reserves the occupation of masseur for the blind or vision-impaired.

The court reasoned the law infringes on the freedom of occupation stipulated in the Constitution.

The ruling clears the way for anyone to become a masseur but may threaten the livelihood of vision-impaired masseurs. The Korean Masseurs Association said the ruling was tantamount to depriving visually disabled people of the only means to make a living. "It is the same as telling us to leave the country," it said.

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