July 9, 2012

Arguments against promoting organ transplants from brain-dead donors, and views of contemporary Japanese on life and death


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A revision of Japan’s Organ Transplant Law in 2009 led to an ethical debate on the differences in definitions of death, age requirements for donors, requirements for brain-death determination and organ extraction, and the appropriateness of priority transplants for relatives. Many hoped the revised law would permit transplants in Japan according to global standards. However, those in opposition assert that organ transplants from brain-dead donors are unacceptable because they result in organs being taken from living human beings. The authors of this publication organize and introduce the arguments for and against organ transplants from brain-dead donors in contemporary Japan.

Cardiac Transplantation, Intestinal Transplantation, Liver Transplantation, Lung Transplantation, Pancreas Transplantation, Renal Transplantation

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