Osaka court to rule on sterilization compensation

Nov 30, 2020

Osaka court to rule on sterilization compensation

Tokyo (Japan), November 30: A court in western Japan will rule on Monday on cases seeking state compensation over forced sterilization under the now-defunct Eugenic Protection Law.
The ruling by the Osaka District Court will be the third in a series of similar lawsuits filed across the country. The previous rulings by courts in Sendai and Tokyo have dismissed the claims.
The plaintiffs are a woman in her 70s who has intellectual impairment resulting from an illness and a married couple in their 70s and 80s with hearing disabilities.
They filed the complaints in 2018 and last year. They are demanding compensation totaling about 530,000 dollars, arguing they were forcibly sterilized.
They say the government's policy was misguided and robbed them of their individual dignity and the right to bear and raise children guaranteed by the Constitution.
They also say the government failed to offer relief measures for many years.
The government says the cases were filed more than 20 years after the plaintiffs underwent sterilization in the 1960s and 70s, and so their rights to apply for compensation have expired.
Attention is focused on whether Monday's ruling by the Osaka court will order state compensation over forced sterilizations for the first time.
Another key issue is whether the amount, if granted, will exceed 3.2 million yen, or about 31,000 dollars.
A law was enacted last year to offer a lump-sum payment of that amount to people who are confirmed to have been forcibly sterilized.
Source: NHK World