International Journal of Mental Health & PsychiatryISSN: 2471-4372

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Commentary, Int J Ment Health Psychiatry Vol: 1 Issue: 1

Catastrophe of Japanese Psychiatric Brainbank

Keiko Ikemoto1,2,3*
1Department of Psychiatry, Iwaki Kyoritsu General Hospital, Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan
2Department of Legal Medicine, Shiga University of Medical Science, Otsu, Japan
3Department of Forensic Medicine, Health Bioscience Institute, University of Tokushima Graduate School, Tokushima, Japan
Corresponding author : Keiko Ikemoto
Department of Psychiatry, Iwaki Kyoritsu General Hospital Iwaki, Fukushima, 973-8555, Japan
Tel : +81-246-267-3151,Fax : +81-246-27-2148
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: April 08, 2015 Accepted: May 13, 2015 Published: May 14, 2015
Citation: Ikemoto K (2015) Catastrophe of Japanese Psychiatric Brainbank. Int J Ment Health Psychiatry 1:1 doi:10.4172/2471-4372.1000102


In Japan, a national law for autopsy and dead body storage has been applied to manage brain banks, though this law would need some amendment for research use of human materials. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear disaster, Fukushima Psychiatric Brainbank lacked an autopsy-qualified researcher among them. Some problems which disturbed development of Japanese brain bank are discussed.

Keywords: Psychiatric; Brain banks

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