The Tokyo-based nonprofit organization that had been engaged in unauthorized organ transplants mediation was found to have approached Belarus, claiming to be an organization accredited by the Japanese government and asking it to accept patients in October of last year, according to sources involved in the investigation.
In reality, the NPO did not have the government’s permission to mediate under the Organ Transplant Law, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department believes that the NPO was trying to gain the trust of the Belarusian side.
Three Japanese patients traveled to Belarus in 2022 under the guidance of the NPO Intractable Disease Patient Support Association. One of the trio, a man in his 40s, underwent a liver transplant in February last year.
The MPD on Tuesday arrested the NPO’s director, 62-year-old Hiromichi Kikuchi, in that case on suspicion of violating the Organ Transplant Law, which prohibits organ trafficking and unauthorized mediation in arranging transplants.
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