Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics (EJAIB) Vol 8 (4) July 1998

ISSN 1173-2571, Copyright 1998 (All rights reserved, for commercial reproductions but access open for personal use).
Eubios Ethics Institute 31 Colwyn Street, Christchurch 8005, New Zealand
P.O. Box 125, Tsukuba Science City, Ibaraki 305-8799, Japan

Official Journal of the Asian Bioethics Association (ABA)

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pp. 119-132 Go to EJAIB July 1998 News

Topical list of News in Bioethics and Biotechnology
List is complete 1991 - January, 1998, in 31 topics. News from 1991-1993 are in the OLD news files, and from 1994 in the NEW files.

Page, and titles of papers

101 Editorial - Welcome to Japan - Darryl Macer
This may be the shortest ever editorial, due the size of the news section, which includes 3 months instead of the usual 2 months. The delayed publication is partly due to the birth of Ms. Manna Kalon Yasuhara Macer, in June, and research visits to New Zealand. During this time my basic bioethics book, called Bioethics is Love of Life, which is an alternative textbook on cross-cultural ethics - has been published. That theme will be taken up by a number of persons for comment in TRT4 (see pp. 103-4). In addition the English proceedings of ABC have been published, called Bioethics in Asia. That would also be good background for those coming to Japan to the IAB4 Congress and TRT4/FAB2 satellites. The IAB4 second flyer has just been released and is enclosed. Updates will be on the www, already two more sessions have been added since last week!

105 Case 4: Therapy for a 48 year old alcoholic patient - Masashi Shirahama, and 8 commentators

111 Bioethics in the Former Yugoslavia: The War tragedy and Recent Trends in Croatia - Nenad Hlaca

113 Bioethics in times of Conflict: Commentary on Hlaca - Frank J. Leavitt

114 Eugenics and China: Where is the ethical problem?- Ole Döring

115 Ethical Aspects of Healthcare Reforms in Malaysia - Chan Chee Khoon

The deadline for letter submission (and news) to the next issue is 3 September, 1998.

IAB 4th World Congress, 4 - 7 Nov, 1998, Tokyo, Japan Preliminary Program
IAB 4th World Congress, 4 - 7 Nov, 1998, Tokyo, Japan Preliminary Paper list
4th International Tsukuba Bioethics Roundtable and FAB2, 31 Oct - 3 Nov, 1998, Tsukuba, Japan Preliminary Program and Paper list

(pp. 102-104)

ISRAEL IN ASIAN BIOETHICS. 19-20 August, l998, Stern Auditorium, Outpatients' Clinic Building, Soroka University Medical Center, Beer Sheva, Israel. Topics of sessions: Cross-Cultural Bioethics in Asia and Developing Countries (and what can we do to encourage ethical community health in areas of poverty in the Third World?); Education for Ethical Medicine and Nursing; Ethics and Philosophy of Psychiatry and Psychology; Fertility and Genetic Technology in the next Century, Where are the Limits?; Ethics at the Beginning and the End of Life; Violence in the Family.
Information from: Yeruham Frank Leavitt, Ph.D., Chairman, The Centre for Asian and International Bioethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. Tel:Int'l + 972-7-6400821, Fax:Int'l + 972-7-6239396, email:

Internet Links and On-line Journals

Participants Wanted for Global Forum: Manipulation of Life
On May 11, 1998, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), launched a website entitled "Global Forum: Manipulation of Life". This web page serves as a place for the citizens of the world to discuss challenging issues relating to life, death, health, and basic human values.
"Manipulation of Life" is a broad and profound issue which has a potential of changing our concepts of the human processes of life and death, aging or diseases. So far, NHK has produced and broadcasted many TV and radio programs concerning issues such as "prenatal diagnosis", "organ transplants", "euthanasia", and so forth.
Our Global Forum is not only designed to discuss various forms of life manipulation as individual problems, but also to interdisciplinarily discuss those matters for the purpose of introducing a new concept of life for the 21st century.
In our home page, in order that many people may participate in the discussion and the points at issue may be well defined, we have provided actual cases ranging from birth to death and divided those actual cases into the following four categories of inquiry:
Discussion A: Is manipulation of life permissible if one wishes?
Discussion B: How should we define illness, and to what extent should we treat diseases?
Discussion C: Are we allowed to handle the human body as a commodity?
Discussion D: From what point of time in life to another should one be considered a living person?
Although we begin with collecting opinions from the participants, we are planning to add, at a later stage, a new theme that you may consider necessary. After the selection, those opinions written in Japanese will be translated into English, and those in English into Japanese, and will be located at the appropriate site. Starting in May 1998, the discussion will continue for one year until April 1999. We will cover the process of this discussion and plan to broadcast a documentary program on the NHK Broadcasting Satellite Channel 1 in November 1998 and in June 1999.
We strongly believe that manipulation of life is a challenging issue to be dealt with by global citizens including experts as well as lay persons.
We will be waiting for your opinions.
NHK - Global Forum Project
Atsunori Kawamura , Kenji Sato
Fax: +3-3468-8423

NEW BOOK Essays on Man - by Students of Biology - K.K. Verma and Rashmi Saxena.(Eubios Ethics Institute On-line publication
A book on Utopia is on-line at:
On Corporal punishment, Teacher's conference, Teacher dismissals in Japan, see Shoji Sugita home page;
Irish Biotechnology Information Centre: Http://

University of Pittsburgh School of Law Center for Medical Ethics:
and their Health Law Certificate Program page (

IAB Genetics & Bioethics Network:

New addresses

Dr. Hono JOO
126-1 Anam-dong 5 Ga, Sungbuk-gu
Medical Law Institute,
Korea University Medical School, Room# 5015
Seoul, 136-075, Korea
tel: 82-2-920-6130 fax: 82-2-923-7456
organ transplant, brain death, reproductive laws, etc.

Mr. Shane Morris B. Sc.
Foundation Building, University of Limerick,
Limerick, Ireland.
Tel: + 353-61-202911
Fax: +353-61-202572
Irish Biotechnology Information Centre Website: Http://
Biotechnology, bioethics, education, biotech-policy

Sunil K. Pandya
Flat 11, 5th floor, Shanti Kutir
Marine Drive, Mumbai 400020, INDIA

Prof.Dr.Dr.Joseph Schmucker-von-Koch
Interdisciplinary research group human sciences
Philosophy Department
University of Regensburg
D93040 Regensburg GERMANY
Biotechnology, neurosciences and their implications for the concept of human dignity

Alan Stockdale, Ph.D.
Center for Applied Ethics and Professional Practice
Education Development Center
55 Chapel St., Newton, MA 02458-1060, USA.
Phone 617 618 2731
Fax: 617 969 1569
genetics education for healthcare consumers and medical professionals

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