A southwestern Japan court ordered the national government on Monday to pay a total of 22 million yen in damages over the forced sterilization of two people under the now-defunct eugenic protection law.
Kumamoto District Court, presided over by Judge Yuichiro Nakatsuji, found that the law was unconstitutional, and denied the application to the case of the 20-year statute of limitations on compensation claims.
Seven staff members, including a dentist, dental hygienist, nurse, and physical therapist, are stationed at the clinic and accept about five patients a day. In order to prevent aspiration pneumonia, which is common among children with disabilities who use artificial respirators, special equipment is used for airway clearance, which assists in the evacuation of phlegm, and for the removal of tartar. The center also offers “e-sports,” a computer-based competitive game, as a way to help people find motivation in life and work for the future.
National Sanatorium Kikuchi Keifuen, an isolation facility for leprosy patients in southwestern Japan, had dissected the bodies of 479 patients after death, the facility said. The facility “cannot escape being accused of disrespecting he human rights,” the report said. The sanatorium also found that there was a period in which the facility made patients sign documents consenting to the dissection of their bodies after death.