• Kyodo


The Tokyo High Court ordered the central government Friday to compensate a man over his forced sterilization under a now-defunct eugenics protection law, the second such ruling among similar suits filed nationwide, potentially affecting the outcome of future cases.

Overturning a lower court decision, the Tokyo High Court found the 1948 law unconstitutional and awarded ¥15 million ($128,000) in damages to the 78-year-old plaintiff, who uses the pseudonym Saburo Kita. The Tokyo resident had demanded ¥30 million.

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