A hearing impaired person protests Japan’s Eugenic Protection Law

Written with extracts from the Nishi Nippon Shimbun

June 1st 2018

Kazumi Shishido (81), a hearing-impaired person living in the Tokyo metropolitan area, attended a one-day press conference concerning people with disabilities under the former eugenic protection law (1948-96), 50 years ago. Her testimony was given through sign language that he had been forced undergo surgery in Sendai City without his knowledge. It is unusual for hearing impaired people to announce their real name and complain about the damage done to them. Shishido said, “I want an apology from this country, I feel that I want compensation” Shishido said to to a press conference at the Tokyo Federation of Deaf people in Shibuya.

Shishido says “I am from Marumori Town in Miyagi Prefecture . I could not hear via my ears naturally, I went to a prefectural Deaf school in Sendai. In 1954, I was taken to a hospital by my father and a teacher. “I did not say anything, I did not know what was done.”

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