Disability Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan

Kobe District Court hears first arguments over two couples ‘still suffering’ after forced sterilization

Plaintiffs are acting names of both Mr. Takaji Kobayashi (86) and Ms. Kimiko (86) in Akashi-shi, Aichi Prefecture, and Tatsuo Takao and Mrs. Namie in their 70s living in the prefecture. In September this year, two pairs have filed a lawsuit as the deaf blockers for the first time. In the court of the day, Mr. Takaru appealed in sign language that "My dream of giving birth to a child was cut off, I regretted my teeth had been feeling frustrated." According to the complaint, Mr. and Mrs. Kobayashi were aborted and sterilized without explanation immediately after marriage for 60 years. Mr. and Mrs. Takao were infertile surgery without explanation just before marriage in 1968. The plaintiffs allege that the Constitution guaranteed by the old law infringed the right to pursue happiness and reproductive rights (sexual and reproductive rights). Over the old law, a total of 15 people have filed suit in six nationwide districts so far. Discrimination has already begun in Tokyo, Sendai, Osaka etc.

Written with extracts from The Mainichi Shimbun

December 26th 2018

Two couples in Hyogo prefecture who had hearing impairment requested damages for the total of 44 million yen for the first time in lawsuits in the lawsuit under the former eugenics protection law (1948-96), forced to undergo abortion and infertile surgery. The oral argument was heard on 26th, at the Kobe District Court (presiding Judge Koji Yamaguchi).

The Plaintiffs are  Mr. Takaji Kobayashi (86) and Ms. Kimiko (86) from Akashi-shi, Aichi Prefecture, and Tatsuo Takao and Mrs. Namie, both their 70s, both from Hyogo prefecture. In September 2018, the two pairs filed a lawsuit as the deaf blockers for the first time.

In the court , Mr. Takaru appealed in sign language that “My dream of giving birth to a child was cut off, I regretted my teeth had been feeling frustrated.”

According to the complaint, Mr. and Mrs. Kobayashi were forced to have an abortion and sterilized without explanation. Mr. and Mrs. Takao was forced to have infertility surgery without explanation just before marrying in 1968.

The plaintiffs allege that the Constitution guaranteed by the old law infringed the right to pursue happiness and reproductive rights (sexual and reproductive rights).

Under the old law, a total of 15 people have filed suit in six nationwide districts so far. Discrimination has already begun in Tokyo, Sendai, Osaka etc.

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