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LaFleur discusses Japan's concerns about high-tech health

Sept. 11, 2007

KALAMAZOO--An upcoming discussion at Western Michigan University will explore Japanese society and its worries about the United State's growing medical technology. The discussion, which is free of charge and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in 3301 Friedmann Hall.

"Bio-Lust: Japanese Concerns about our Evolving Medical Technologies," will be led by Dr. William LaFleur, the first non-Japanese ever to be awarded the Watsuji Tetsuro Culture Prize. LaFleur is the E. Dale Saunders Professor in Japanese Studies and senior fellow of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. Much of his work deals with comparisons between Japanese and U.S. religion, public philosophy and social ethics.

The discussion is sponsored by WMU's Department of Comparative Religion, Soga Japan Center and Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. For more information, contact Stephen Covell at s.covell@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4365.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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