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Japan With Kids - Forums: Health Topics: Organ Donor registration cards
By Cornelia on Saturday, October 14, 2000 - 6:18 am:

Does anyone know how one registers for organ donorship in Japan?

I know that in Virginia (USA), one can register through the DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles) and have it printed on one's driving license.
Also in the USA there is a web site called:
where one can register as an organ donor.

By A.K. on Sunday, October 15, 2000 - 7:25 am:

New Observer article on history of heart transplantation in Japan (in English):

By Cornelia on Sunday, October 15, 2000 - 7:56 am:

Here is an answer given with research help from Kirk Masden of Kumamoto. Thanks Kirk!

Paragraph taken from article dated August 16, 1999. For full text see:

"The Japan Organ Transplant Network (Japanese with English), which undertakes the registration and selection of patients to receive donated organs, and the Health Ministry have been distributing the cards in municipal government offices, public health offices, and other facilities around the country. About 45 million cards had been distributed by the end of May 1999. Since January the cards have also become available in convenience stores, and there are donor seals that can be attached to a driver's license. English-language cards and explanations have also been made for foreigners living in Japan."


The toll-free phone number is 0120-22-0149

Instructions on getting a card and how to fill it out are included at the following link (READ THIS LINK if you are interested in participating):

By Betty on Tuesday, May 8, 2001 - 6:56 am:

A lot of Japanese families travel as far as the USA to get transplants for their young children because to date organ harvesting from people under 15 years old is illegal in Japan. It looks like they are now going to be able to change this law.

Sunday, May 6, 2001 at 22:00 JST
TOKYO EA liaison conference promoting organ transplants from brain-dead donors on Saturday issued a draft proposal to amend the 1997 Organ Transplant Law to allow children under 15 to become organ donors, conference sources said.

The proposal, drafted by conference participants from eight private organizations, includes a clause that would allow organs to be transplanted from brain-dead children on the written consent of the would-be donor's family. (Kyodo News)

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