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2021年07月26日 AdvocacyStatement

This year 2021 marks five years since the “Sagamihara killing of disabled people”

This year 2021 marks five years since the “Sagamihara killing of disabled people” occurred on 26 July 2016, in which people residing at Tsukui Yamayurien in Sagamihara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, were attacked, claiming 19 precious lives and seriously injuring 26 others. With the growing sense of stagnation in Japan, partly due to the Corona 19 pandemic that began in 2020, there has been no end to hate speech and hate crimes against minorities, including people with disabilities. On the fifth anniversary of the incident, we must remember the regret of each victim and continue the fight against eugenics to ensure that a similar incident never happens again. We also pledge…

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2021年06月09日 Advocacy

2 years on the Lump-sum Payment Act to compensate damage caused by forced eugenic surgery under the former Eugenic Protection Act

(Photo: Ms.Chizuko SASAKI ) (Past) Ms. Chizuko SASAKI (佐々木千津子,1947-2013) with cerebral palsy was a member of CIL Tego-s which is one our the member organization of DPI-Japan. Chizuko was one of 25,000 victims of forced sterilization under the former Eugenic Protection Law (1948-1996) which forced sterilization surgeries on people with hearing, vision, physical, intellectual, psychosocial and other disabilities and other persons who were considered as having disabilities. Chizuko’s uterus had been irradiated with cobalt 60 when she was 20 years old as a condition for entering into an institution. The fight that Chizuko and other women started more than 20 years ago finally got some recognition by the Japan government…

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2018年06月04日 AdvocacyStatement

DPI Japan’s resolution to request on state’s apology and compensation for victims of eugenic surgery

1st June 2018 State of Japan, by enacting the Eugenic Protection Law (1948-1996), had legalized both eugenic surgery (sterilization) and abortion by reason of disability with the purpose of “prevent(ing) birth of inferior descendants” “from the standpoint of eugenic protection” and “protect(ing) the life and health of the mother”. Under the law more than 25,000 people were sterilized. At least 16,500 people were forcibly sterilized and 70% of them were women. DPI Japan has sent joint reports on eugenic surgery with other organizations to the United Nations human right committees: in 1998 and 2014 to the Human Rights Committee and in 2016 to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination…

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2014年07月22日 AdvocacyIndependent Living

3,200 protesters from all over Japan gathered in Tokyo, in order to protest against a new governments’ gloss over policy regarding long-stay psychiatric patients.

On sunny afternoon of 26th June 2014 in Tokyo, Japan, 3,200 people gathered to Hibiya Park*. The protest, named “Better in communities, not Hospitals: Stop renovating psychiatric wards into residence”, shortly “6.26 Urgent Meeting”, was decided to be held just three weeks before the date by a collation of service users, carers, mental health professionals and disability organisations. This was the biggest kind of protests regarding mental health issues in Japanese history and it raised as much as 5,005 Pounds donation. The participants showed their anger against Japanese government’s intention to introduce a new plan regarding psychiatric hospital wards, the plan which has been emerged in a series of committees…

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