pp. 352b in
Bioethics in Asia
Editors: Norio Fujiki and Darryl R. J. Macer, Ph.D.
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P6. Key Issues in Bioethics in Japan
Mitsubishi Kasei Institute of Life Sciences, Tokyo 194, Japan
The state of advanced medical procedures in Japan is riddled with some unsettling contradictions. Some are performed without serious debate nor regulation, while others are not permitted or timidly performed under strict scrutiny. I would like to show two fundamental problems which I think account for this situation. One is lack of medical profession's self-governing organization, the other is lack of regulation system covering all experimentations involving human subjects. I would also like to point out a lack of national center in Japan for coping with international standard-setting and propose what must be done.
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