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3 Japanese seek damages for forced sterilization policy

AP  |  Tokyo 

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 while the 1948 Protection Law was in place until 1996.

The law, designed to "prevent the birth of poor-quality descendants," allowed doctors to sterilize people with disabilities.

The government has maintained the sterilizations were legal. A group of lawmakers are currently initiating possible relief measures.

The plaintiffs are seeking about 80 million yen (USD 730,000) in total. They filed their cases Thursday at district courts in and the northern Japanese cities of and

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 14:00 IST