The Biopolitics and Bioethics Surrounding Chimeric Embryo Research in Japan: A Comment on Jonathan Moreno’s “Chimera in Bioethics and Biopolitics”
Professor Jonathan D. Moreno suggests that the politics of biology, or biopolitics, which “refers to the ways that society attempts to gain control over the power of the life sciences,” has become a central issue. In this commentary, the authors focus on the following two points in order to characterize the Japanese perspective on chimeras: 1. The definition and use of chimeras in Japan are explained in the context of current national regulations. The authors highlight the usage of the unfamiliar terms “aggregated embryo” (shūgō-hai) and “specified embryo” (tokutei-hai).” 2. Partly due to the usage of such unfamiliar terms in regulations, ethical controversy surrounding chimeras in Japan was considerably less conspicuous than it was in the United States, as Dr. Moreno described in his article.
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