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Japan court awards damages to victims of forced sterilisation for first time

Three plaintiffs who suffered under eugenics law to get payouts after judge overturns lower court decision

A court in Japan has awarded damages for the first time to people who were forcibly sterilised under a now-defunct eugenics law designed to prevent the births of “inferior children”.

The Osaka high court overturned a lower court decision and ordered the government to pay a combined ¥27.5m (£175,600) to the three plaintiffs, who are in their 70s and 80s. It described the law, which was abolished in 1996, as “inhumane”.

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