JAPAN

Forced sterilizations in Japan can be identified in 3 different waves. In the Showa era (1926- 1989) the Japanese government promoted the decreased the number of people that they deemed lived with mental disabilities, genetic diseases and other conditions in which the Japanese government thought of as conditions that made the japanese gene pool inferior. The Japanese government did so through laws like the Leprosy Prevention laws in 1907, 1931, and 1953, which permitted the sterilization and abortion for those patients interned in these facilities. Under the Eugenics Law of 1948 allows for forced sterilization on those who are criminals “with genetic predisposition to commit crime”. In addition, other criminals with mental and physical disabilities were vulnerable to sterilization.

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