Abe to Issue Statement Upon Sterilization Victim Bill Enactment

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Tokyo, April 17 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Health, Labor and Welfare Minister Takumi Nemoto are each considering releasing a statement upon the enactment of a bill aimed at rescuing people who were forced to undergo sterilization operations under the now-defunct eugenic protection law, government sources said Wednesday.

Their statements are expected to be similar to the preamble to the bill, which mentions regret and apology for the victims, the sources said.

The bill, which calls for one-time payments of 3.2 million yen to each victim, was approved unanimously by the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, last Thursday. The House of Councillors is expected to pass and enact it within this month.

The preamble to the bill states that "we, in our respective positions, sincerely regret and deeply apologize" for the great physical and mental sufferings caused to the victims.

Plaintiffs in a series of lawsuits filed with many courts against the government for compensation, however, have criticized the bill, claiming that it does not include an apology by the state.

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