Compo claim

The New Zealand Herald - - World -

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.

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