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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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Commentary

Commentary

The Biopolitics and Bioethics Surrounding Chimeric Embryo Research in Japan: A Comment on Jonathan Moreno’s “Chimera in Bioethics and Biopolitics”

Chapter:
(p.394) 11.3 Commentary
Source:
The Future of Bioethics
Author(s):

Satoshi Kodama

Kyoko Takashima

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682676.003.0051

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.

Keywords:   Chimera, Japan, cloning, human embryo, biopolitics

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