AI & SOCIETY

, Volume 13, Issue 1–2, pp 22–43

A Citizens' Conference on Gene Therapy in Japan: A Feasibility Study of the Consensus Conference Method in Japan

  • Yukio Wakamatsu
Article

Abstract

An experimental consensus conference on the topic of gene therapy was held in order to discover whether the method, a means for participatory technology assessment born in Denmark in 1986, could be feasible in Japan. This article summarises the overall experience of this experiment and concludes that the method is indeed feasible in Japan. Enumerating some issues and problems we faced in this project, I will discuss their meaning and significance from the viewpoint of practitioner or initiator of participatory technology assessment in Japan.

Key Words

Consensus conference Gene therapy Participatory technology assessment Public participation Technology assessment 

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© Springer-Verlag 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yukio Wakamatsu
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  1. 1.College of Science and EngineeringTokyo Denki UniversitySaitamaJapan

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