To improve the quality of autopsies and medical procedures such as drug tests and CT (computerized tomography) scanning, doctors and technicians with specialized knowledge are necessary, as is expensive equipment. However, there are less than 200 medical examiners, including university professors, who can perform autopsies in the nation.
Prof Hirotaro Iwase at Chiba University, a director of the Japanese Society of Legal Medicine. Two new laws have been enacted to increase the number of autopsies to help authorities investigate deaths and prevent murders from being overlooked. (Daily Yomiuri)