Lawmaker wants transplant law revised

National Sep 2, 2003

Lawmaker wants transplant law revised

Six years after the implementation of the Organ Transplant Law, moves are afoot to alter one of its core conditions for using organs from brain-dead donors -- the donor's prior consent. Heading the movement is Taro Kono, a member of the House of Representatives who ...

National Jun 29, 2003

Kono drafts law for transplants of children's organs

Taro Kono, a lawmaker of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, has drafted legislation to lift the ban on children under 15 becoming organ donors after being declared brain dead, according to LDP sources. The draft says organs "may be donated only with the consent of ...

National Jun 17, 2002

Yohei Kono discharged from hospital after two months

Former Foreign Minister Yohei Kono was discharged from the hospital Sunday, after undergoing an operation in April to receive part of his son's liver. At around noon, a smiling Kono walked at an easy pace to the exit of the Shinshu University Hospital in Matsumoto, ...

Transplant teaches Taro Kono a lesson

National Jun 14, 2002

Transplant teaches Taro Kono a lesson

by Setsuko Kamiya

Although Taro Kono was determined from the beginning to save his father's life by donating part of his liver, the 39-year-old lawmaker of the Liberal Democratic Party said the decision-making process was tough for his family, even with a fair amount of knowledge about ...

National Apr 18, 2002

Kono family liver transplant a success

Former Foreign Minister Yohei Kono received part of his son's liver in a successful transplant operation that was completed early Wednesday. The operation was performed at Shinshu University Hospital in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. The surgical team, headed by Seiji Kawasaki, started the operation on Kono, 65, ...

National Apr 17, 2002

Yohei Kono undergoes liver transplant operation

Surgeons at Shinshu University Hospital in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture, started a transplant operation Tuesday in which former Foreign Minister Yohei Kono would receive part of his son's liver. The operation on the 65-year-old Kono, whose hepatitis C condition and liver cirrhosis have deteriorated, was expected ...

National Apr 16, 2002

Yohei Kono readied to receive son's liver

Former Foreign Minister Yohei Kono, who is suffering from hepatitis C, may undergo a transplant operation Tuesday in which he will receive part of his son's liver, hospital sources said Monday. Tests carried out Monday on Taro Kono's liver and cardiopulmonary functions show that the ...

National Apr 10, 2002

Lawmaker-donor enters hospital

House of Representatives member Taro Kono entered a hospital Tuesday for tests to determine if he can give part of his liver to his father, former Foreign Minister Yohei Kono, who has hepatitis C, his office said. Taro Kono, a 39-year-old parliamentary secretary at the ...