Restrictions amount to ‘sexual assault’ on women by Japanese state, say rights campaigners
Justin McCurry in Tokyo
Mon 27 Sep 2021
Women’s health campaigners have urged Japan’s government to amend a law that forces married women to seek consent from their husbands before they can have an abortion.
Japan is one of only 11 countries that require third-party consent for abortions, despite calls to end the practice by the World Health Organization and other groups.
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
July 18, 2021
NISHIO, Aichi Prefecture--A city government employee made a grisly discovery in shrubbery in a park here on June 2 last year.
Inside a plastic bag was the body of a baby boy with an umbilical cord still attached. The mother, 21, was arrested four days later.
June 28, 2021
By Naruha Yamasaki / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
The Maternal Health Law stipulates that doctors must obtain the consent of a pregnant woman and her spouse to perform an abortion. In March, however, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry spelled out new guidelines to the law that would allow victims of domestic violence to terminate a pregnancy without their spouse’s consent.
In addition to women being forced to bear a heavy mental and physical burden, this move was prompted by strong concern among medical staff who perform abortions at the risk of being sued by women’s husbands.
June 8, 2021
Video: 3:36 minutes
Unintended pregnancies often force women to
make hard choices under pressure. Every year, in extreme cases, they even
result in the deaths of unplanned children. Shirai Chiaki, a professor at
Shizuoka University, says it's time for Japanese society to build a new
consensus that supports women through potentially life-changing decisions.
BY MAGDALENA OSUMI, STAFF WRITER, JAPAN TIMES
May 2, 2021
Choosing to get an abortion is not an easy decision to make. But women in Japan who do so, due to a variety of reasons, may soon have a safer alternative to surgical procedures — currently the only option they have.
LinePharma, a British pharmaceutical maker, is planning to seek the Japanese government’s approval for the use of its first oral “abortion pills” in Japan as a safe and affordable method of inducing abortion in early stages of pregnancy.
February 23, 2021 (Mainichi Japan)
FUKUOKA -- A man in this west Japan city who allegedly gave his teenage girlfriend abortion medication to try to induce a termination was arrested on Feb. 22, police said.
Jin Mimae, a 21-year-old company employee from the city of Fukuoka's Nishi Ward, was arrested by Fukuoka Prefectural Police's Nishi Police Station on suspicion of attempted abortion without consent. He has reportedly admitted to the allegations, and told police, "I didn't want to marry her."
SBy TOMOKI MIYASAKA/ Staff Writer
February 23, 2021
FUKUOKA--Police on Feb. 22 arrested a man who has admitted to tricking his pregnant teenage girlfriend into taking abortion pills by saying they were for a sexually transmitted disease.
The 18-year-old had a miscarriage, but investigators could not determine if the pills were the cause, according to Fukuoka prefectural police.
November 7, 2020
The government is weighing plans to allow over-the-counter access to emergency contraceptive pills without a doctor’s prescription.
The proposal, which is expected to be part of the government's fifth basic plan to promote gender equality set to start next fiscal year, would help prevent unwanted pregnancies and protect the rights of women.
Abortion Remains an Unresolved Issue: ICPD25 Meeting next Month
By Osamu Kusumoto
Osamu Kusumoto is Secretary General and Executive Director of Asian Population and Development Association (APDA)
TOKYO, Japan, Oct 9 2019 (IPS) - Currently, the topic of abortion as human rights leaves the world bustling. When the state of Alabama1 in the United States enacted a very strict ban on abortion, it shocked the world. This prompted so-called conservative movements, led by female business owners, to make a full-scale advertisement in the New York Times claiming abortion is a human right2 ; hence the global debate between pro-life and pro-choice.
This discussion is a remnant of the debate at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994. Twenty Five years into the ICPD and the struggle between opposing views persists, causing the continued disruption in the accessibility of women to reproductive health. This is especially true in developing countries.
3 sue gov't over forced sterilizations, abortion under former eugenics law
June 28, 2018 (Mainichi Japan)
SAPPORO/KUMAMOTO -- A Hokkaido couple and a Kumamoto Prefecture man sued the Japanese government on June 28 over forced sterilizations and abortion under the now defunct eugenics protection law (1948-1996) for violating their constitutional right to the pursuit of happiness and their reproductive rights.
The cases filed in the Kumamoto and Sapporo district courts call for a total of 55 million yen in compensation from the central government. The plaintiffs also argue that the government and the Diet failed to take measures to aid victims after the eugenics law was revised in 1996 to become the current Maternal Health Act.