NewsTue Sep 16, 1997 - 12:15 pm EST
EUGENICS CITED AS REASON FOR STERILIZATIONS
TOKYO (LSN) — In the ongoing revelations of mass-government forced sterilizations it was revealed this week that more than 16,000 handicapped Japanese women were involuntarily sterilized with government approval from 1949 to 1995, an official said today.
However, the government does not plan to apologize. A Japanese government official explained that in 1948, Japan legalized sterilization as a means of improving the human species through the control of hereditary factors. The law, which was only revoked last year, allowed doctors to sterilize people with mental or physical handicaps without their consent, after obtaining the approval of local governments.