“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.
“The policy of Hyogo prefecture at this time clearly states that the policy was to “seek medical assistance from physicians to aggressively perform eugenic surgery by doctor’s application, and guidance and awareness of stakeholders”. It was also recorded that a system to subsidize the costs of forced sterilization surgery was introduced depending on the type of disability.”
“Among the plaintiffs, Kimiko Kobayashi (86) of Akashi City got pregnant shortly after marrying her husband (86), but was taken to a hospital by her mother and was ordered have to surgery to abort. At the same time, sterilization surgery, unknown to Kobayashi and her husband, sterilisation surgery was also performed.”
“The investigative committee that was charged with examining the correspondence and reports of the city in a case where a disabled man was confined by his father for over 20 years in Sanda city, Hyogo Prefecture, has produced a summary of report which suggests neglect was a factor in the disabled man’s death. In addition, the report recommends to periodically review the situation of persons with disabilities by reviewing manuals etc. so as to give priority to safety and livelihoods of persons with disabilities.”