Three Japanese who were forcibly sterilised under a government policy decades ago have filed lawsuits demanding apology and compensation. The two men and a woman are among at least 16,500 people who were given unconsented sterilisation while the 1948 Eugenics Protection Law was in place until 1996. The law, designed to “prevent the birth of poor-quality descendants”, allowed doctors to sterilise people with disabilities. The government has maintained the sterilisations were legal. The plaintiffs are seeking about 80 million yen ($1.05 million) in total.