Disability Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan

A Japanese Court rules defunct eugenics law unconstitutional but denies damages

“A Japanese court determined on Tuesday 28th May that the now-defunct eugenics protection law that mandated the government to stop people with intellectual disabilities from reproducing was unconstitutional, but it dismissed a damages suit filed by two women who underwent forced sterilization.”

From Kyodo News

May 28th 2019

SENDAI, JAPAN– A Japanese court determined on Tuesday 28th May that the now-defunct eugenics protection law that mandated the government to stop people with intellectual disabilities from reproducing was unconstitutional, but it dismissed a damages suit filed by two women who underwent forced sterilization.

In the first ruling in a number of suits filed with seven district courts in Japan, the Sendai District Court rejected the 71.5 million yen ($653,000) damages suit filed by women in their 60s and 70s in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, saying the statute of limitations had expired.

After the hearing, lawyers held a banner stating ‘unjust ruling” in front of the Sendai District Court on May 28, 2019, after the court rejected a damages suit against the state over forced sterilization.

(Photo from Kyodo)

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