Genetic Information and the Family in Japan

Abstract

Historical fears over the use of genetic information in Japan cause rural people to hide the presence of genetic disease in their family. In urban and modern Japan, this image is changing and genetic counseling is gradually being introduced. Guidelines of the Japan Society of Human Genetics attempt to protect the clients and their families.

Keywords: privacy; Japan; Asia; family; discrimination

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Fujiki N and Macer DRJ (eds.) (1994) Intractable Neurological Disorders, Human Genome Research and Society. Christchurch, New Zealand: Eubios Ethics Institute.

Fujiki N and Macer DRJ (eds.) (1998) Bioethics in Asia. Christchurch, New Zealand: Eubios Ethics Institute.

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Macer DRJ (1998) Bioethics is Love of Life. Christchurch, New Zealand: Eubios Ethics Institute.

Web Links

Eubios Ethics Institute Publisher articles online http://www.biol.tsukuba.ac.jp/∼macer/index.html

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Macer, Darryl RJ(Sep 2006) Genetic Information and the Family in Japan. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005587]