Japan to allow organ transplants

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: (Published 03 May 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1297
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. BMJ

    The lower house of the Japanese parliament has voted to officially recognise the concept of brain death, paving the way for heart transplants to occur for the first time in the country.

    Japan's major law making body voted by 320 to 148 to allow a person to be declared dead when his or her brain stops functioning. Previously, a person's heart had to stop for death to be declared, which made heart transplants impossible. …

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