Japan Lawmakers Create Group for Forced Sterilization Victims (News)
Tokyo, March 7 (Jiji Press)—Japanese lawmakers have created a nonpartisan group to discuss assistance measures for people who were forced to undergo sterilization operations under the now-defunct eugenic protection law.
The group held its inaugural meeting in an office building for the House of Representatives members in Tokyo on Tuesday.
The group will study the actual situation surrounding the practice and consider whether to introduce a lawmaker-initiated bill to provide assistance to victims.
The 1948 law justified sterilization operations on people with hereditary diseases, mental disabilities and leprosy.
According to the health ministry, some 25,000 sterilization surgeries were conducted under the law. Of them, about 16,500 were performed without the consent of those undergoing the surgeries.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]