Japanese court orders compensation to several victims of forced sterilization

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A Japanese court on Monday ordered the government to compensate several people who suffered forced sterilizations under the now repealed Eugenics Protection Act, which dated back to 1948.

Thus, the Kumamoto District Court has ruled that the victims should be compensated with 22 million yen (about 155,000 euros) for the damages caused by the application of this legislation, according to information from the newspaper ‘The Japan Times’.

One of the plaintiffs was diagnosed with osteoarthritis as a child and underwent surgery without his consent to remove his testicles. Another plaintiff underwent tubal sterilization following an abortion when she was in her early 20s.

More than a dozen courts across the country are currently reviewing similar cases. Previously, at least seven courts dismissed the lawsuits and dismissed damages, while five others found the law in question to be unconstitutional.

Between 1948 and 1996, the law allowed the forced sterilization of criminals, patients with hereditary diseases, disabilities and psychological conditions.