Reconsidering brain death: a lesson from Japan's fifteen years of experience

Hastings Cent Rep. 2001 Jul-Aug;31(4):41-6.


Japan has been holding a nationwide debate over the nature of death for nearly twenty years. That debate led eventually to a law that gives citizens the opportunity to choose which of two views of death will apply to their own death. That law is now up for revision, and the debate is reving up.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Death*
  • Bioethics
  • Brain Death / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Japan
  • Organ Transplantation / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Patient Participation / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tissue Donors / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tissue and Organ Harvesting / legislation & jurisprudence*