JAPAN – Government suits over forced sterilisation and abortion under former eugenics law

A Hokkaido couple and a Kumamoto Prefecture man have filed suits against the Japanese government on 28 June 2018 over forced sterilisations and abortion under the now defunct eugenics protection law (1948-1996) in violation of their reproductive rights and their constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness. These cases, filed in two district courts, call for a total of 55 million yen in compensation from the central government. The plaintiffs argue that the government and … Continued

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