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

FRAMEWORKS OF CHOICE: PREDICTIVE AND GENETIC TESTING IN ASIA, pp. 145-165, Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner, ed., Amsterdam University Press, August 2010

University of Edinburgh School of Law Working Paper No. 28

19 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2010 Last revised: 8 Feb 2012

Gerard Porter

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Date Written: August 2, 2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Genetic Tests, Insurance, Genetic Discrimination, Japan

Suggested Citation

Porter, Gerard, Genetic Tests and Insurance in Japan: The Case for a Regulatory Framework (August 2, 2010). FRAMEWORKS OF CHOICE: PREDICTIVE AND GENETIC TESTING IN ASIA, pp. 145-165, Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner, ed., Amsterdam University Press, August 2010; University of Edinburgh School of Law Working Paper No. 28. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1663305

Gerard Porter (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

Old College
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Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

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