China detains Japanese man over organ brokerage
Saturday, October 13, 2007 at 07:12 EDT

BEIJING — Authorities in the Chinese city of Shenyang, Liaoning Province, have notified the Japanese Consulate General that they have detained a Japanese man in connection with illegal organ transplants, officials said Friday. The authorities have yet to reveal the man's name or charges, the consulate said. China in May implemented an ordinance on organ transplants with provisions to respect donors' wishes and to ban organ brokerage in a bid to eliminate organ harvesting from executed prisoners and other murky practices.

According to the Shenyang chapter of the China International Organ Transplant Center, which supports organ transplants in the country, a total of 108 Japanese received transplant surgeries there between January 2004 and December 2005. (Kyodo News)