Japan court rejects payout for sterilised 'eugenics' victims

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Japan court rejects payout for sterilised 'eugenics' victimsMen and women who were forcibly sterilised under a now-defunct eugenics law had their bid for compensation rejected on Tuesday by a Japanese court, which said the statute of limitations had passed. Local media said the ruling, which was not immediately available, found the government was not obliged to pay compensation because the 20-year statute of limitations had now passed. In April, the government passed legislation offering the victims 3.2 million yen ($29,000) each, an amount derided by campaigners as 'failing to meet the seriousness' of the issue.

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