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 would overturn the basic principle of the current law that requires prior written consent from donors, should never be made,” said Jiro Nudeshima at Mitsubishi Kasei Institute of Life Sciences in Machida, western Tokyo.

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