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‘I can’t change my gender unless I’m sterilised’

Fumino Sugiyama is a transgender man, however Japanese legislation means he’s not legally recognised as male.

In Japan, you need to be sterilised or “indefinitely incapable of reproduction” earlier than with the ability to legally change gender.

Researchers say reviews of involuntary sterilisation have been seen in at the very least 38 nations worldwide over the previous 20 years, with girls and marginalised teams worst hit by this “gross violation of rights”.

We meet Fumino, and one other transgender man who determined to get sterilised, to listen to the affect of Japan’s coverage on their lives.

You can watch the complete documentary, Forced to Face Sterilisation, on BBC World News from Friday 16 April.

Filmed by Sybilla Patrizia

Produced, directed and edited by Natalia Zuo

Executive produced by Claire Williams

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