• Kyodo


A 1949 document unveiled by the Aichi Prefectural Government shows that the predecessor to the Justice Ministry tolerated “body restraint, anesthesia and deception” in “truly necessary and unavoidable” cases of the forced sterilization of people with disabilities under the now-defunct eugenics law.

The precursor to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry issued similar notifications to prefectural authorities the same year, according to a separate document unveiled by the Kyoto Prefectural Government.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.