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Promise of Eternity? Cryonics Debate at a Japanese University

October 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Kiyoko Kamio

A frozen corpse preserved at minus 196ºC in liquid nitrogen. That’s what’s on my mind as I stroll around the Imperial Palace in my Tokyo neighborhood, on a cloudless August morning. My thoughts momentarily travel to a facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, filled with metal tanks containing dead bodies in the deep freeze. The 14-year-old lies there, awaiting the moment of revival. She could be thawed and resurrected decades or centuries later. Her name is Yuki. 

In the August issue, I published an article titled “Bohemian Rhapsody Revisited in the Heart of Tokyo,” depicting my “Bohemians Mock Trial Project.” As a university...

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