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Japan's Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled unconstitutional a now-defunct law that led to the forced sterilization of more than 16,000 people in the country, in force between 1948 and 1996, local media reported.

According to Japanese authorities, another 8,500 people were sterilized with their consent, although lawyers say these cases were likely “de facto forced” due to the pressure they were under.
On its website, CNEWS indicates that this law was promulgated in Japan after the Second World War.
“This text thus advocated sterilization and abortions for people with mental disabilities or hereditary illnesses. Among others, 'schizophrenics', 'manic depressives' and 'epileptics' were concerned,” it was written.
“In total, it is estimated that 25,000 people were sterilized and tens of thousands of women were forced to abort. According to the figures, 65% of those sterilized were not consenting or were subject to forced consent. This law even allowed the castration and removal of the uterus of young adolescents. Among the victims, the report filed with the Japanese parliament counts two victims aged only nine at the time,” underlines CNEWS.

AFP/CNEWS

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