Govt to pay ¥3.2 mil. for sterilizations

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — A ruling coalition working team and a suprapartisan group of lawmakers Thursday agreed on a plan to pay ¥3.2 million per head to those forced to undergo sterilization surgeries.

The groups aim to submit a bill on redress for the victims to parliament for enactment in April.

In lawsuits filed by affected people with seven district courts nationwide, 20 plaintiffs are seeking 11 million to ¥38.5 million in damages for forced sterilization surgeries performed under the now-defunct eugenic protection law.

Koji Niisato, cohead of the lawyers’ group for such victims, told a press conference that the proposed amount is not enough given the sufferings of victims and is unlikely to satisfy the plaintiffs.

According to sources including the suprapartisan group, Sweden’s system that compensated the country’s victims for similar sterilization surgeries was taken into account to set the planned amount at ¥3.2 million.

“We admit that the amount falls short of what the sufferers want, but we wanted to present this because they are aging,” Hidehisa Otsuji, head of the suprapartisan group, told a separate press conference.

A draft of the planned bill shows sincere regrets and deep apologies. But the draft does not regard the government as the one that extends the apologies.

Meanwhile, the draft says the government deeply recognizes that it should sincerely respond to this issue.

The payments will be made also to those who had hysterectomies outside the scope of the eugenic protection law and those who consented to sterilization surgeries.Speech

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