The Sendai district court in Japan ruled Tuesday that forced sterilizations under the Eugenics Protection Law were unconstitutional but denied compensation to two victims.
The Eugenics Protection Law was adopted in 1948 and led to the sterilization of tens of thousands of people with disabilities. The law was eventually revoked in 1996. Last month Japan passed a law to compensate the victims, but the court denied compensation to two victims who had sued.
This case was the first of several similar cases to be decided.