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Police to question Japanese broker of human organs from China

Posted by Author on November 13, 2008

The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan, Nov. 12, 2008-

Police plan by the end of this week to question a Japanese man who brokered more than 100 organ transplants in China for Japanese recipients, according to sources.

Hiroyuki Nagase, 52, headed the China International Organ Transplant Center in Shenyang in China’s Liaoning Province, the activities of which police strongly suspect violated the Organ Transplant Law, which prohibits brokering of organs for profit.

The National Police Agency also is planning to ask China’s public security authorities for their cooperation in investigating the case, which might lead to criminal charges being pursued against an organ brokerage business involving Japan and China.

In 2004, the center started offering on its Web site kidney transplant opportunities to Japanese. The center found Chinese donors for those applying for an organ transplant operation. The operations were carried out by Chinese doctors at hospitals in Shanghai, Shenyang and other Chinese cities. According to the Web site, kidney transplants cost at least \7.8 million, and liver transplants cost at least \13 million, both including operation expenses.

In September last year, Nagase was arrested by Shenyang’s Public Security Bureau on suspicion that the center’s activities had exceeded the business activities for which he had registered his company and that they violated Chinese Health Ministry provisions banning the selling and buying of organs. However, when Nagase was subsequently indicted, charges against him were changed to false advertisement of his organ transplant business.

On Oct. 30, the Shenyang Intermediate People’s Court, a district court, sentenced Nagase to 14 months in prison followed by deportation, and fined him 100,000 yuan (about \1.45 million).

The prison term, which included time he spent detained, ended Monday, and Nagase arrived at Narita Airport on Tuesday evening. Immediately after his arrival, Nagase told The Yomiuri Shimbun that he had brokered 108 organ transplants.

The Yomiuri Shimbun

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