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Think about throwing away our embryos.


Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded.
We have created a
"throwaway" culture
(Pope Francis)











The starting point of each of our lives is the moment of fertilization. It is a noble scientific fact. The life of a human being begins in the form of an embryo.

The moment the sperm and egg join together, they emit a dazzling flash. At that moment, the genetic makeup that forms a human being is complete, a flash so mysterious that it is difficult to deny the religious understanding that sees "one soul" in that moment. The embryo is the source of "INOCHI.

Although they should not supposed to be a thing, the reality is that a million embryos are treated as "customers' precious commodities" and then disposed of when they no longer have any commercial value.

Fertilization used to occur only inside the body, but the practical application of  in vitro fertilization began in 1978. Today, Japan is the world's largest IVF country. Far more embryos are born in petri dishes than there are births. If all of these embryos could be projected into the future population, the serious problem of population decline would be solved in one fell swoop. In reality, however, many frozen embryos are cut off from the "flash of INOCHI" without being given a chance to reach the next important stage of life: implantation. For eugenic or economic reasons, embryos that can no longer be used for implantation are removed from the freezer and disposed of. I would like to call this "embryo abandoned. The core act of the "throwaway" culture that Pope Francis criticizes is "embryo abandoned. 

Abortion" and "embryo abandoned" are the same in the sense that they both involve the artificial termination of pre-birth "INOCHI," but while the former is a personal issue, the latter is clearly a social issue. An embryo fertilized in the body cannot exist in a state of separation from the mother until about after 22 weeks of gestation. The parent's decision to separate it from the mother is abortion. Once separated, "INOCHI" is over. On the other hand, the embryo in the petri dish exists in a state of separation from the mother. Regardless of the will of the parents, "INOCHI" can continue to exist in the freezer. However, if the parent abandons responsibility (e.g., by not renewing the annual maintenance contract), then the embryo becomes a "deemed child," thrown out into society. The current situation in which they are immediately "embryo abandoned" is an abdication of society's responsibility. We have an obligation to shine the "flash of INOCHI" on these "orphaned children" who have lost their biological parents.

Before the systems were put in place and the feelings of the people were sorted out, the existence of "social embryos" separated from their parents became commonplace in the blink of an eye. In the face of the reality of the tremendous number of "embryo abandoned" taking place, it is difficult to give an immediate answer as to what should be done in the future. We need social discussion and dialogue with the people involved. March for INOCHI will provide an opportunity to think about the treatment of embryos, the source of our "INOCHI.

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