Japan Identifies 3,033 Inhumane Sterilization Surgery Victims
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Tokyo, Sept. 6 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese health ministry said Thursday it has identified 3,033 disabled and other people who were forced to receive sterilization surgeries under the now-defunct 1948 eugenic protection law.
Past statistics by the ministry, however, have put the number of such victims at around 25,000, indicating that the ministry has failed to determine the names of 90 pct of them in the recent survey.
For the survey, governments of Japan's 47 prefectures, municipalities with public health centers and Tokyo's 23 wards were asked in April to look into sterilization surgery cases and report their findings by the end of June.
According to the results, records remained for 6,696 people that received such operations from 1948 to 1996, including those who gave consent. Of them, the ministry determined the names of 3,033 people.
The ministry said some names may be overlapped between prefectures, cities and the wards.
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