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[Correspondence] Use of personal information in medical research in Japan

In Japan, the revised Act on Personal Information Protection was approved in September, 2015, and is scheduled to be put into effect in April, 2017.1 Under this revision, medical history, in addition to race, beliefs, and social status, was newly designated as sensitive personal information. Academic research has been excluded from the application of the Act on Personal Information Protection since before the revision.2 However, the government guidelines to which clinical research other than clinical trials for new drug approval,3 to which the Pharmaceutical Affairs Act applies, must include the same items as the Act on Personal Information Protection.

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