What Am I, Chopped Liver?

June 6, 2008

Attention to those who need a liver transplant — it helps to be well-connected. News that Japanese gang members got themselves some livers during an organ donor drought in the early 00s through the UCLA Transplant Services comes as a shock to those who think transplant lists are fair and egalitarian. They sure aren’t. The main gang boss, Tadamasa Goto, was allowed inside the US as a guest of the FBI, which hoped to elicit some juicy inside scoop on Japanese gangs (which, as it turns out, are legal in Japan). Instead, Goto and his cronies got four livers, donating $100,000 for each one, and went on home. (Are these guys drinking tubs of sake every day?)

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