Organ Donations from Brain Dead Still Small in Number in Japan

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Feb. 28 (Jiji Press)--The number of organ donations from the brain dead is still small in Japan, 20 years after they first took place in the country under law.

Brain-death cases certified for organ donations have totaled 584 since the first case under the organ transplant law in February 1999, according to the Japan Organ Transplant Network.

Meanwhile, the number of people waiting for organ transplants totaled 13,530 at the end of January. Such people and their family members are calling for boosting efforts to increase the number of donors.

In 1968, Japan's first-ever heart transplant was conducted at a hospital in Sapporo, Hokkaido, but it came under criticism for unclear procedures on the diagnosis of brain death. This controversy led to slow progress in medical transplants in the country.

The organ transplant law came into force in 1997, but there were no donors for about one year.

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