A former Japanese gang member happened to witness a forced organ practice in a China hospital where a Falun Gong practitioner was placed on an operating table, anesthetized, tendon being cut, tied, and ready for the liver to be carved out. 

In an interview with the Epoch Times, Ushio Sugawara told the outlet about his experience 15 years ago when he was still a member of the Sixth Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest organized crime group. 

He left the gang group in 2015 and is now an economic commentator with over 200,000 followers on Twitter. 

It was back in August 2007 when his sick friend’s brother was in serious condition and needed a liver transplant to survive.

However, at that time, most liver transplants could only be performed in the United States, France, or China. The wait time for organ transplants in the U.S. and France was long, the cost was high, as well as strict legal restrictions. Therefore, they decided to choose China to do the transplant.  

Through a Chinese broker in Japan, the family found the General Hospital of the Armed Police Forces in Beijing, which is well-known for liver transplants. The hospital said that it would find the donor quickly, and the cost of the surgery was 30 million yen (250,000 dollars).

A month later, the hospital informed the family that the donor had been found and that the surgery could be performed at any time. 

The surgery required albumin. Before the operation, the quality of albumin at the hospital was not good and could not be used. At that time, buying this solution in China was not easy and needed a special permit. 

Therefore, Sugawara became involved with the family by smuggling albumin from Japan to China and happened to know the inside story. 

After giving the solution to the hospital, he visited his friend’s brother in person the day before the operation. 

The doctor in charge, who could speak Japanese fluently, told him that the donor was next door and asked if he wanted to take a look. The doctor pulled the curtain, and Sugawara saw the donor lying on bed, a 21-year-old young man. Because of the anesthesia, the donor looked unconscious.

The doctor said: “He’s very young. The liver is very healthy.”

Sugawara asked the doctor who the other person was. The doctor claimed the donor was a bad guy, a criminal carrying a death sentence. The doctor said that the person would eventually die anyway, so his death could contribute a little more before he died. 

Sugawara kept asking the doctor what this man had done. The doctor told him that the man practiced Falun Gong.

Sugawara saw the young Falun Gong practitioner lying with bandages wrapped around his hands and feet. He was shocked to find that the forced donor’s hands and feet tendons had been cut off the day before.

Sugawara asked the doctors why they did this. The doctors told him that there were two main reasons. One was to prevent him from escaping. The other was because when people were afraid, their bodies would curl up and affect the quality of the organs. So they cut off his tendon.

However, the operation failed, and both the patient and the donor died during the operation.

Ongoing persecution

Falun Gong, also called Falun Dafa, is an ancient spiritual practice of meditative exercises and teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and forbearance. 

In 1999, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched widespread persecution against Falun Gong practitioners across China after the communist regime feared that the practice’s immense popularity might threaten the regime’s authoritarian control of Chinese society. 

Since then, millions of Falun Gong practitioners have been unlawfully detained, tortured, and killed for their organs. 

The brutal crackdown on the practice is still ongoing in China. 

Studies find strong evidence of forced organ harvesting in China. 

The European Parliament recently passed a resolution on May 5 on the continued forced organ harvesting in China.

The Parliament “expresses its serious concerns about the reports of persistent, systematic, inhumane and state-sanctioned organ harvesting from prisoners in the People’s Republic of China, and, more specifically, from Falun Gong practitioners and other minorities.”

In March 2020, the UK-based Tribune Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China (or China Tribunal for short) issued its final judgment, concluding that “forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale and that Falun Gong practitioners have been one – and probably the main – source of organ supply.” 

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