OSAKA — Doctors across Japan began a series of operations Wednesday morning to transplant organs from a man in his 30s who was pronounced brain dead the day before in Wakayama, according to Japan Organ Transplant Network officials.

The man’s heart, lungs, liver, pancreas and kidneys were removed early Wednesday and delivered to hospitals in locations including Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Fukuoka and Miyagi prefectures, the officials said.

A man in his 30s who is suffering from a heart muscle disorder will receive the heart in an operation at Osaka University Hospital in Suita, Osaka Prefecture. The lungs will go to a man in his 20s with a bronchial infection at Tohoku University Hospital in Sendai.

The liver will be shared among a girl with a congenital liver ailment and a teenager with a bile duct disorder. The girl’s operation will be held at Kyoto University Hospital, while the teen will undergo surgery at the University of Tokyo Hospital.

A woman in her 30s who suffers a diabetes-induced kidney disorder will receive the man’s pancreas and one of his kidneys in an operation at Kyushu University Hospital in Fukuoka. The remaining kidney will be go to a man in his 50s with chronic kidney inflammation at the Japanese Red Cross Society Wakayama Medical Center in Wakayama.

The donor, who was declared brain dead shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday, had authorized the donation of his organs upon death, and his immediate relatives have also given their consent, the officials said.

He is the 23rd person in Japan who has been declared brain dead under the Organ Transplant Law, which took effect in October 1997.

His came two days after Kawasaki Medical School Hospital in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, pronounced a woman in her 50s brain dead.

Doctors transplanted her lungs, liver and heart to three patients in a series of operations that ended earlier Tuesday.

The Japan Organ Transplant Network is the medical organization responsible for coordinating organ transplants under the transplant law.

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