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Money Talks, Money Kills? – The Economics of Transplantation in Japan and China

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Japan and China have long resisted the Western trend of organ transplantation from brain-dead patients, based on a ‘Confucian’ respect for integrity of ancestors’ bodies. While their general publics continue to harbor grave doubts about such practices, their medical and political elites are hastening towards the road of organ-harvesting and organ-marketing, largely for economic reasons. This report illustrates the ways that economics is motivating brain-death legislation in Japan and criminal executions in China.

Document Type: Original Article


Affiliations: Kyoto University

Publication date: 1999-07-01

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