Junko Iizuka was sterilised at the age of 16 and only recently delivered her message to lawmakers in Tokyo, telling them of the pain that a government led sterilisation programme caused her. Photo: AFP

‘I want my life back’: victims of Japan’s long-running sterilisation programme demand justice

Thousands of men and women were operated on as youth, under a Japanese law, which was in place until 1996, that mandated the procedure for people judged to have disabilities

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Junko Iizuka was sterilised at the age of 16 and only recently delivered her message to lawmakers in Tokyo, telling them of the pain that a government led sterilisation programme caused her. Photo: AFP
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