Diet passes bill to pay Y3.2 million each to victims forcibly sterilized under Japan's eugenics law
Japan Times -- Apr 25
The Diet enacted legislation Wednesday to pay ¥3.2 million in state compensation to each person who underwent forced sterilization under the nation’s now-defunct eugenics law.

The law setting out the compensation provisions, drafted by ruling and opposition parties, offers an apology to survivors, but critics say its wording lacks clarity over where responsibility lies.

Between 1948 and 1996, the Eugenic Protection Law authorized the sterilization of people with intellectual disabilities, mental illness or hereditary disorders to prevent births of “inferior” offspring.

“The government sincerely reflects on and deeply apologizes” for the suffering caused by forced sterilization, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said in a statement. “To never repeat the situation, the government will make utmost efforts to realize a society in which people can coexist, regardless of disease or disability.”

The statement came after the House of Councilors unanimously approved the bill on Wednesday, following its passage through the House of Representatives on April 11.

The lump-sum payment marks a significant step forward for survivors but some are critical, noting that it has taken more than two decades since the practice ended for the government to act. Some are determined to continue court cases and are suing the government for greater compensation, the highest demand exceeding ¥30 million.

優生保護法のもとで強制的に不妊手術を受けさせられた人たちを救済する法律が参議院本会議で可決・成立しました。 全会一致で可決・成立した救済法には「我々は、それぞれの立場において真摯に反省し、心から深くおわびする」と被害者へのおわびが記されています。

News sources: Japan Times, ANNnewsCH
Nov 14
Japan's space agency says its probe is on its way back to Earth after leaving the asteroid, Ryugu. (NHK)
Nov 14
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government will not hold a cherry blossom-viewing party next year, which is hosted every April by the prime minister. (NHK)
Nov 14
NHK has learned that a boy who was arrested for allegedly wounding a girl with a knife in northern Japan has suggested he was interested in killing someone. (NHK)
Nov 14
Japanese immigration authorities say 219 foreigners were staying in Japan as of the end of September after acquiring a new type of work visa for people with vocational skills. (NHK)
Nov 12
One month has passed since record rain brought by a strong typhoon caused extensive damage in much of Japan. (NHK)
Nov 12
Two days after he fled in Osaka Prefecture, prosecutors on Monday caught a man indicted on drug charges who escaped while being transferred to police custody after his bail was revoked. (Japan Times)
Nov 12
On Thursday evening, Emperor Naruhito will dress in pure white robes and be ushered into a dark wooden hall for his last major enthronement rite: spending the night with a "goddess." (Japan Today)
Nov 11
Japan's new Emperor and Empress enthralled people in Tokyo and around the nation with a lavish procession through the streets of the capital. (NHK)
Nov 10
The suspect in a deadly arson attack in July on a Kyoto Animation Co studio has been questioned by police for the first time as he recovers from severe burns, investigative sources said Saturday. (Japan Today)
Nov 09
Mt Sakurajima volcano shot smoke and ash miles into the sky on Friday in its biggest eruption in more than three years, Kyodo News reported. (Japan Today)