China’s Executed Supply Japanese Ill With Organ Transplants

In Japan, organ donation is almost entirely unheard of, due in large part to a taboo associated with it according to traditional Buddhist beliefs. An organ transplant supposedly makes the body less clean and perfect — an odd mentality to take when you’re talking about replacing a black and diseased kidney with a functioning one. Nevertheless, those who are in dire need of organ transplants tend to die in Japan because there aren’t enough organs to go around.

To fill this need, some shady Chinese entrepreneurs have begun selling cheap and easy organ transplants to Japanese nationals. For $33,000 and a quick hop over to Beijing, a terminally ill patient can be given a second lease on life. The individuals who have gone in for the service have actually been shocked how easy it is, after years of waiting in line on Japan’s over-extended organ recipient list.

But two problems with these organs are emerging. The first is that a good number of organ recipients are dying later due to lack of decent follow-up care. But there’s also the issue of where all these Chinese hearts and kidneys are coming from. The answer is pretty appalling: executed Chinese prisoners. With 8,000 executed prisoners every year in Beijing alone, China is absolutely dripping with organs for sale. Or as the Chinese organ wholesalers are saying:”The donor was able to provide a contribution to society so what’s wrong with that?”

Well, everything, given that a large number of those executed in China aren’t murderers or rapists, but political dissenters. Taking organs off of bloggers who have been shot in the back of the head for expressing their beliefs isn’t humanitarian, it’s depraved and cannibalistic. More over, this reminds us of some Haunt of Fear story we read as kids, where an alcoholic had his liver replaced due to some insane mad-scientist procedure, only to find out the liver was homocidal when it crawled up his throat and strangled him to death.

But what we find saddest about the story is how a religious taboo is preventing the mortally ill in Japan from being treated. Just a reminder to all our readers: seriously consider signing an organ donor card, if you haven’t already.

Japan’s rich buy organs from executed Chinese prisoners [Independent]

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  1. Rick Dobbs says:

    Well, wouldn’t the argument then be that killing dissenters sucks?

    I mean, is it better that they get killed for dissenting then just rot in the ground? Or better that they get killed for dissenting so that some Japanese person who has enough money to afford the organs can come and get use out of them only to die later due to lack of follow-up?

  2. Bubba Barney says:

    This reminds me of a documentary I saw on transplant recipients. It profiled 3 people who received organs.

    The documentary was on how these people began having characteristics of the donors. One lady who received something from a teenaged boy, suddenly had all these cravings for junk food, started to like rap, and weird deja vu moments.

    It drove her crazy because it was atypical behavior for her. She managed to hunt down the organ donor’s parents, and met them.

    After they met, the recipient found out the stuff she was craving was the favorite foods of the teen and all he listened to was rap.

    Some people believe in cellular memory and when organs are transplanted, this memory can be transferred as well.

  3. OkiMike says:

    I’ll have to side with George Carlin on this one: “I wanna live. Leave my organs the fuck alone. If you want a donation, take my asshole, but leave the rest of me alone.”