Woman Sues Gov’t over Forced Sterilization under Old Eugenics Law

January 31, 2018

(Japan Today) – A woman in her 60s sued the government Tuesday seeking 11 million yen in damages over her forced sterilization when she was a teenager on grounds of mental disability under the now-defunct eugenic protection law. The woman in Miyagi Prefecture, whose name was not disclosed, filed the first such suit over forced sterilizations in Japan at the Sendai District Court, saying the state failed to legislate for relief measures despite the serious human rights infringement.

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