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The Future of BioethicsInternational Dialogues$
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Akira Akabayashi

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199682676

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.001.0001

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Response to Commentaries

Response to Commentaries

Informed Consent, Family, and Autonomy

(p.766) 21.5 Response to Commentaries
The Future of Bioethics

Akira Akabayashi

Yoshinori Hayashi

Oxford University Press

Despite the criticism from the commentators, the authors used “a form of autonomy” to explain a mode of Japanese decision-making, as this concept is commensurable with Western values. The significance of using the concept of autonomy is two-fold: first, it opens up new possibilities to introduce an informed consent model that can be meaningful even for those who are unfamiliar with the Japanese cultural approach; and second, it potentially offers an alternative to the common conception of autonomy traditionally expressed in the West. The two points discussed above have universal application. Few attempts have been made to truly address this universal application and set agendas that allow participation of people with diverse cultural backgrounds. The authors hope that broadening the scope of the concept of autonomy will lead to new global developments in bioethics.

Keywords:   A form of autonomy, commensurable, informed consent model, universal application

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