Disability Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan

24 cases of forced sterilization in Hyogo prefecture, Japan discovered

“Two of them were written with their names. The defense team asked, "I was surprised to find it in less than half a day and the prefecture was not examined at all.”

By Barrier Free Japan

Written with extracts from The West Japan Shimbun

August 19th 2018

HYOGO – Under the former eugenic protection law (1948-96), the infertility surgery for people with disabilities was repeated, the Hyogo Prefectural Law Damaged Hyogo Lawyers Corp. found a museum document in Hyogo prefecture on the 16th, totaling 24 people declared in a document about surgery in which the real names of the patient was stated. The prefecture had previously said that there are no materials that can identify individuals.

A lawyer searching the word “eugen” in the data museum database on June 13 this year, about 15 cases apply. Two of them were written with their names. The defense team asked, “I was surprised to find it in less than half a day and the prefecture was not examined at all.” The lawyers requested information disclosure to the prefecture on August 16, with no relevant documentation.

On Sunday 22nd July 2018, a disability group held a demonstration in Chuo-ward, Kobe in Hyogo Prefecture.

The demonstration was organized by the group ‘Remember 7.26 Kobe Action’ to commemorate the two year anniversary of the Sagamihara killings, when on July 26th 2016, 19 disabled residents were stabbed to death at a care home in Sagamihara, Yokohama.

Since many prefectures in the Kansai area of Japan, including Hyogo prefecture, had a policy allowing physicians working at publicly owned hospitals to destroy medical records after a certain time; the exact number of those that may have been forcibly sterilized is unknown.

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