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Expert warns Japan’s eugenics missteps could repeat amid discrimination

How could Japanese society, which was supposed to become a democracy after World War II, justify discrimination against people with disabilities and openly embrace eugenics?

This is an important question people may be asking themselves in light of last week’s landmark Supreme Court ruling that definitively declared an outdated eugenics law unconstitutional.

For nearly 50 years, the 1948 law facilitated forced sterilization surgeries for thousands of people with disabilities as a matter of national policy. In a unanimous decision by a 15-judge bench, the Supreme Court held the government liable to compensate victims and rejected the application of a 20-year statute of limitations on claims for damages.

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