Disability Forced Sterilization Japan Kobe

Kobe resident with cerebral palsy, Yumi Suzuki, files civil lawsuit over forced sterilization

“Yumi Suzuki, a woman with cerebral palsy, who is now 63 years old, filed a civil law suit at the Kobe District Court on Wednesday February 27th seeking compensation of 11 million yen for violations she experienced under the former Eugenic Protection Law, which was a law enforced in Japan from 1948 until 1996.

Written with extracts from Reuters Japan & Kyodo

February 27th 2019

Yumi Suzuki, a woman with cerebral palsy, who is now 63 years old, filed a civil lawsuit at the Kobe District Court on Wednesday February 27th seeking compensation of 11 million yen for violations she experienced under the former Eugenic Protection Law, which was a law enforced in Japan from 1948 until 1996.

According to the plaintiff, who has cerebral palsy, is living in bed and was using a wheelchair from early childhood, she was taken to a hospital by the family in the spring of 1968, and was given an operation without explanation. Suzuki said she had forced sterilization surgery after 3 to 4 years after being hospitalized.

In addition to being deprived the opportunity to have a child, Yumi claims that she has been forced to bedridden for about twenty years due to aftereffects such as remembering surgery and cramping with fear.

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