Tokyo, May 17 (AP): Three Japanese who were forcibly sterilised under a government policy decades ago have filed lawsuits demanding apology and compensation.Also Read - Japan's Rail Operator Launches 'Office Cars'

The two men and a woman are among at least 16,500 people who were given unconsented sterilization while the 1948 Eugenics Protection Law was in place until 1996. Also Read - Breaking: 6.1 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Tokyo, Tremors Felt Across Japan

The law, designed to “prevent the birth of poor-quality descendants,” allowed doctors to sterilize people with disabilities. Also Read - Neeraj Chopra, Tokyo Olympics 2020 Gold Medallist, Receives Special Gift From 2008 Beijing Winner Abhinav Bindra

The government has maintained the sterilizations were legal. A group of lawmakers are currently initiating possible relief measures.

The plaintiffs are seeking about 80 million yen (USD 730,000) in total. They filed their cases Thursday at district courts in Tokyo and the northern Japanese cities of Sendai and Sapporo. (AP) CPS CPS

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