Category: Eugenics

Disability Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan

Despite Japan court ruling defunct eugenics law unconstitutional, a claim for damages is once again rejected

A Japanese court on Tuesday ruled as unconstitutional the now-defunct eugenics protection law that authorized the government to stop people with disabilities from having children, but rejected a claim for damages sought by five people.

Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan

Japan’s disability groups highlight ‘sense of crisis’ over assisted reproductive technology bill

The problem is that the text of the bill requires consideration for children born via assisted reproductive technology to be born in good physical and mental health. It advocates “preventing the birth of bad offspring” and states that there is a problem that leads to the old eugenic protection law that forced people with disabilities to undergo sterilization.

Disability Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan

Forced sterilization victim ‘Junko Iizuka’ urges Japanese government to admit responsibility during appeal

‘Junko Iizuka’, said she “has been feeling down” since the ruling. She divorced for not being able to have a child, and such sorrow triggered mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. For Iizuka, who has repeatedly thought of killing herself due to the treatment, it’s baffling why the government is not held accountable.

Disability Eugenics Forced Sterilization Japan

Victims of forced sterilisation in Japan seek justice [Video by France 24 in English]

“Thousands of men and women in Japan who were forcibly sterilised are to receive compensation from the government, decades after they became victims of a eugenics law designed to prevent the birth of so-called inferior children. In April, MPs passed a bill that will compensate 25,000 people who were sterilised from 1948 until the law was abolished in 1996. They include 16,500 people who were operated on against their will.”