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[Special Investigative Report] Japan's Forced Sterilization Program How Japanese Cities Compete

Author: Waseda Chronicle

◆ Major findings:

*The Japanese government conducted at least 16,500 forced sterilizations in a program that ran from 1948 until 1996. At least 2,390 of the victims were teenagers or children under 10 years old.

*Local governments competed to forcibly sterilize the most number of people, under pressure from the health ministry and the national government, an investigation by the Waseda Chronicle has found.