June 30th 2018
73-year-old Kazumi Watanabe filed a lawsuit in Kumamoto for 33 million yen in compensation. When he was around 10 years old, he claims that unbeknownst to him, his testicles were removed at a hospital where he was taken by his mother.
He did not have an intellectual disability or a mental illness, the criteria for forced sterilization under the eugenics protection law, but he had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis.
The defunct law prohibited the removal of the testes, but according to his legal representatives, his “mother testified that her son ‘underwent a eugenic surgery,’ and we determined we could hold the government accountable (for the incident).”
The hospital where Watanabe underwent his surgery no longer exists, and there are no records of his medical chart and other documentation.