Abortion in Japan

The abortion in Japan has had a varied history. Documents Japanese show that has already performed abortions induced during the twelfth century . It was legal during the Edo period for the peasants , who had difficulty with the recurrent famines and high taxes of the time.

In 1842, the Shōgun of Japan banned induced abortion in Edo , although the law did not affect the rest of the country until 1869, when abortion was banned at the national level.

In 1948, Japan legalized abortion under special circumstances. 1

According to researchers at Osaka University, 341,588 legal abortions were performed in Japan in 2001, an increase of 2.5% from 1998 to 2001. 2


  1. Back to top↑ «第 147 会 福祉 福祉 委員会 第 第 10 号» (in Japanese) . National Diet Library . 15 March 2000 . Retrieved on March 18, 2008 . (in English)
  2. Back to top↑ J Stage Environmental Health and Preventative Medicine vol. October 2005 [1] (in English)