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Japanese organ transplantation law


I am now writing a paper on the methodology of "life studies" in Japanese. I began writing it in June or July this year but I have not yet completed. I have to finish by the end of this month. I think I can write something about this paper in December's posts.

By the way, two organ transplantation revision bills are presented in the current Diet. One is based on the former Machino proposal, which allows organ transplant from brain dead donors only by family consent, and the other is based on the former Morioka (me) and Sugimoto proposal, which firmly maintains the framework of the current law and lowers the age of donor's prior declaration. The former was presented by Taro Nakayama, LDP, and the latter was presented by Tetsuo Saito, Komeito Party.

An astonishing thing is that both bills have a new additional clause, the clause for allowing the preferential donation of organs of a brain dead donor to his/her relatives, which has not been included in the Machino proposal or the Morioka&Sugimoto proposal. Probably, there is no organ transplantation law in the world that contains such a clause. I strongly object to this clause, but there is no discussion about it in the Japanese media. I am afraid that this clause might pass the Diet in the near future.

I will write about this topic in the next post.

Related post: BBC's biased report on organ transplants

Related page: Brain Death and Transplantation in Japan

Photo: Tokyo Tower and Zojoji temple

  -- M.Morioka www.lifestudies.org

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