Records of Sterilizations under Japan’s Scrapped Eugenics Law Could Help Victims Seek State Compensation

January 26, 2018

(Japan Times) – Records of 2,700 people who were sterilized under the Eugenic Protection Law — which was in force for decades until 1996 — have been found in local governmental archives, a development that could help victims seek state compensation. Kyodo News confirmed the existence of the records in a nationwide survey. The number constitutes only 10 percent of the 25,000 people who had their reproductive capacity removed due to mental disabilities or diseases.

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