Anime studio arson-murder suspect undergoes unprecedented skin grafts
Japan Today -- Nov 27
The suspect in a deadly arson attack on a Kyoto Animation Co studio suffered life-threatening burns on 90 percent of his body and has undergone surgeries without using donor skin, in the first case of such procedures for critical burns, medical sources said Tuesday.

Shinji Aoba was in critical condition with severe burns that destroyed the innermost layer of the skin, the subcutaneous tissue, after he set the studio on fire in July which killed 36 people and injured 33 others, the sources said.

Donor skin is typically used in initial treatment for widespread burns, as only a limited part of the patient's own skin is available for transplanting.

But the 41-year-old suspect has undergone surgeries with prosthetic and autogenous skin only, not using donor skin, even as his condition was categorized as so-called third-degree burns, the most severe state of the injury, making the treatment a first of its kind.

Third-degree burns mean destroying the entire thickness of the skin from the surface to underlying tissue. The details of the procedures are expected to be presented in an academic conference next year.

The hospital in Osaka Prefecture prioritized the use of donor skin for the victims of the attack due to potential risk of shortage of such skin amid a chronic lack of donors.

News source: Japan Today
Feb 27
The Japanese government is stepping up its protective measures, with a proposed pause on large public gatherings. (NHK)
Feb 27
Suggestions by a senior International Olympics Committee member that the Tokyo Games could be canceled if the coronavirus outbreak is not contained by May drew a swift reaction from Japanese officials, while sponsoring companies are anxiously awaiting the fate of the world's biggest sporting event. (Nikkei)
Feb 27
A court in Japan on Wednesday ruled for the first time that special trials for segregated leprosy patients set up outside of standard courtrooms in the past were unconstitutional. (Japan Times)
Feb 26
National and other public universities in Japan have begun staging their entrance exams, with precautions taken against the new coronavirus. (NHK)
Feb 26
Japan's government has decided on a basic policy for measures to protect against a domestic outbreak of the new coronavirus. It includes asking people with minor symptoms to recuperate at home, in order to secure adequate care at medical facilities for those who are seriously ill. (NHK)
Feb 26
Black swans and domestic miscalculations push Abenomics to the brink (Nikkei)
Feb 26
Japan's Supreme Court rejected Tuesday calls by three survivors of 1945 U.S. atomic bombings to be recognized as sufferers of radiation diseases, which would cut their medical payments, ruling they do not meet the conditions for those in need of treatment. (Kyodo)
Feb 26
Japan will launch a review by the end of June aimed at tightening conditions for the export of coal-fired power plants, Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi said on Tuesday. (Japan Today)
Feb 26
All Nippon Airways Co. said Tuesday it will suspend all remaining flights from Kansai airport in Osaka to China next month due to a drop in demand following a coronavirus outbreak in the neighboring country. (Kyodo)
Feb 26
The Yomiuri Giants said Tuesday their two preseason games against Central League rival Yakult Swallows on the weekend will be played behind closed doors at Tokyo Dome amid the spread of a new coronavirus. (Kyodo)