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Tokyo identifies 11 patients who underwent forced sterilization surgeries

TOKYO -- The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has found a report that identifies 11 patients who underwent forced sterilization surgeries under the now-defunct eugenics protection law (1948-1996), metropolitan officials announced on May 8.

The report turned up at Tokyo Metropolitan Matsuzawa Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in the capital's Setagaya Ward. While the metropolitan government revealed that it had confirmed a total of 529 cases of forced sterilization surgeries on people with disabilities and other disorders conducted in Tokyo under the law between 1949 and 1982, the Matsuzawa Hospital report is the first known document in which individual patients can be identified.

According to the metropolitan government, the 11 patients -- eight women and three men -- underwent sterilization surgeries without their consent between 1950 and 1963. Apart from Matsuzawa Hospital, the metropolitan government has also received responses to its survey from 11 institutions saying they have documents on forced sterilization surgeries.

(Japanese original by Akiyo Ichikawa, City News Department)

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