National Aug 30, 2000

Analyst attacks organ transplant proposal

A leading sociologist has slammed a proposal under consideration by a government-funded study group that the current law on organ transplants be revised to allow the procurement of organs from brain-dead patients with just the written consent of family members. "The proposed legal revision, which ...

National May 20, 1999

Marrow donors in short supply in Japan

Staff writer Wouldn't it be rewarding to save someone's life by donating a renewable resource in your body? Despite technological progress in recent years in treating patients with severe blood diseases, the government-backed Japan Marrow Donor Foundation says many more donors are needed. "We are currently campaigning ...

Art May 13, 1999

Smithsonian celebrates culture, history of Ainu

WASHINGTON -- An unprecedented, in-depth look at the culture of the Ainu is being offered in the U.S. capital. The exhibition is the first in terms of how the indigenous northern Japan minority is portrayed, said William Fitzhugh, director of the Arctic Studies Center at ...

National May 11, 1999

Smithsonian celebrates culture, history of Ainu

Staff writer WASHINGTON -- An unprecedented, in-depth exhibition on the culture of the Ainu is being held in the U.S. capital. The exhibit is notable for the input that its subjects, the indigenous northern Japanese minority, had in its preparation themselves, said William Fitzhugh, director of ...

National Mar 22, 1999

Doctors far from malpractice accountability

Staff writer Ikuo Kondo's son has been bedridden for 20 years, suffering damage from a spinal anesthesia mishap during an appendectomy. Kondo, 63, the founder of the Nagano-based Medical Malpractice Plaintiffs Association, and his son, 32, filed a civil suit against the hospital that treated him, ...

National Mar 10, 1999

Organ donation more than a signature

Staff writer In the wake of the nation's first organ transplants from a legally declared brain-dead donor about 10 days ago and subsequent increase in demand for donor cards, a veteran emergency surgeon is calling on the public to carefully consider the consequences before signing ...

National Oct 15, 1998

Expert calls for overhaul of emergency medical system

Staff writerThe nation's emergency medical system should be greatly improved before organ transplants from brain-dead donors are promoted, said one veteran doctor who specializes in emergency care.Yuichi Hamabe, director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Bokuto Hospital's Life Support Emergency Center in Sumida Ward, stressed that ...

National Sep 21, 1998

Drug tests bring ethical uncertainties

Staff writer KYOTO -- A leading world expert on medical ethics said Sunday that a strictly standardized Western approach to medical ethics should not be sought when humans are used in experiments with new drugs in other parts of the world. The comments by Robert Levine, ...

National Jul 30, 1998

Analysis: Leadership remains tied to factional politics

Staff writer Though Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi had expressed his intention to select a "fresh" Cabinet with the right people in the right places, the lineup drew a mixture of disappointment and cautious optimism. The disappointment stemmed from the fact that Obuchi did not succeed in ...

National Jul 24, 1998

Analysis: Fate rides on quick, effective policies

and MITSUKO NASHIMAStaff writers Amid mounting demands at home and abroad for steps to reflate the nation's ailing economy, the political fate of Keizo Obuchi, the newly elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, will largely depend on how quickly he can promote measures ...