(Minghui.org) More than one hundred doctors at the 16th Urological Association of Asia Congress, held in Tokyo, Japan on April 18-22, signed a petition calling for an end to the Chinese Communist Party's (CCP) harvesting of organs from living Falun Gong practitioners.
During the conference, representatives from the Taiwan Association for International Care of Organ Transplants (TAICOT) shared their experiences in preventing illegal organ transplants. Based on advice from TAICOT, Caution Against China Organ Transplants Association (CACOT) plans to push for an amendment to the laws preventing Japanese from getting unethical organ transplants in China.
Dr. Takano told the reporter, “I'm opposed to the unethical seizing of organs for transplants. No matter what country we live in, no one should harm another for his own survival.”
Dr. Hein Van Poppel, chairman of the Department of Urology at the University Hospital Gasthuisbergm, told the reporter, “Organ tourism shouldn't exist. That is what we urologists in Europe hear. I hope officials will be able to get involved and regulate it.”
Dr. Chian-Feng Huang, secretary general of TAICOT, said international investigations have shown a lack of transparency in the organ donation system in mainland China, and that prisoners of conscience have become the source of organs. He said that was a crime and a serious violation of organ transplant ethics. He said, “According to the UN report on torture, the largest group of prisoners of conscience are Falun Gong practitioners.”
After reading the research findings concerning the CCP's organ harvesting, Mr. Kaihei, CEO of a Japanese medical instrument company, told the reporter, “It is really dangerous for the patients who dive into China and get a quick, low-cost transplant.”
Dr. Noor Ashani Bin Yusoff of Hospital Kuala Lumpur was adamant in his stand against forced organ harvesting. He showed his support for TAICOT by signing the petition and posting the information on his Facebook page.
According to a volunteer with Caution Against China Organ Transplants Association (CACOT), a kidney-transplant doctor in Hokkaido has known about China's illegal organ transplants for a long time. He has examined many patients who received transplanted kidneys in China and found that their kidneys were all from young and healthy “donors.” This doctor and most doctors in Japan have known about this for some time. They all disagree with forced organ harvesting and sincerely hope it will end soon.
Toshimi Ida of CACOT pointed out that many doctors have personally told her that they knew about the illegal organ transplant industry in China. Japanese laws don't clearly ban overseas organ tourism. CACOT plans to make use of TAICOT's experience and submit letters to the National Diet of Japan concerning an amendment to the law on organ transplant tourism.