Genetic Tests and Insurance in Japan: The Case for a Regulatory Framework

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In contrast to the position in many advanced industrial countries, Japan lacks a specific regulatory framework to govern the ways in which insurance companies can make use of genetic test results. Whilst this situation has not yet given rise to major social or legal problems, this article nevertheless argues that the current policy vacuum is unsatisfactory. Some options for the development of an appropriate regulatory system are suggested that draw from the recent experiences of countries such as Australia and the UK whilst taking into account some particular features of the Japanese insurance market.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrameworks of Choice
Subtitle of host publicationPredictive and Genetic Testing in Asia
EditorsMargaret Sleeboom-Faulkner
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9789048511174
ISBN (Print)9789089641656
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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NameIIAS Publications


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