The Japanese Minister for Health, Employment and Social Affairs has conducted the first national study on the safety of abortion methods employed.
The study included all of the 4,154 Japanese establishments trained in the practice of abortion. 59% of them issued their report, i.e. some 110,000 abortion procedures were carried out. 391 cases were seen to present with complications and one female died. The complication frequency apparently corresponds to that observed in countries such as the United States or Great Britain.
Japan uses three methods during the first trimester of pregnancy: curettage (33% of cases), menstrual extraction (20% of cases) and a combination of both methods (47% of cases). The WHO recommends menstrual extraction which involves syringe aspiration in the early stages of pregnancy.