“Many medical societies were involved in the promotion of forced sterilizations, but self-investigations into the practice have been limited to a small portion of the organizations. It is especially rare for the JMSF, the largest academic organization in the country in the medical field, to confront the past history of its member societies and medical scientists. The purpose of the investigation is to identify the factors that led to scientists and physicians at the time to promote forced sterilizations.”
“Victims of a eugenics program are unsatisfied with a relief bill to compensate thousands of people forcibly sterilized under a 1948 law designed to “prevent births of inferior children.” A proposal to provide lump-sum payments of 3.2 million yen ($28,800) for each victim was approved by the Lower House Committee on Health, Labor and Welfare on April 10. [L]awyers cited three main problems with the bill: The state does not directly apologize in the bill; the lump-sum payment is too small; and victims’ spouses and relatives are not eligible to receive relief.
“Lawyers indicated that the proposal will not end the litigation. One problem, they said, was that the apology in the bill does not clearly state who is apologizing… The compensation amount outlined in the legislation was also blasted as inadequate.”