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(Update 2) Japan Top Court Orders Damages for Forced Sterilizations

(Update 2) Japan Top Court Orders Damages for Forced Sterilizations

   Tokyo, July 3 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Supreme Court on Wednesday awarded damages to victims of forced sterilizations conducted under the now-defunct eugenic protection law.
   Handing down a unified ruling on five related damages suits, the top court's Grand Bench, presided over by Chief Justice Saburo Tokura, decided not to apply the 20-year statute of limitations for damages claims, a focal point of the case. It effectively handed total victory to the plaintiffs.
   The top court found the old law, which was used to force people with disabilities to undergo sterilizations, unconstitutional and acknowledged the government's liability to pay damages to plaintiffs in the five lawsuits.
   Applying the statute of limitations would "seriously violate the principles of justice and fairness and is totally unacceptable," the court said in the unanimous ruling of its 15 justices.
   "We will promptly pay compensation based on the ruling," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi told a press conference after the Supreme Court's decision.

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