. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Japan AIDS Scandal

TOKYO () -- Prosecutors on Friday arrested a former top health ministry official on suspicion of allowing hemophiliacs to be treated with unheated blood products even though he knew the risk of AIDS infection.

The arrest was the latest in Japan's largest medical scandal in years, which critics say developed from collusion between ministry officials, doctors and drug companies.

Akihito Matsumura, former chief of the Health and Welfare Ministry's blood products department, was arrested Friday in connection with the death of two patients in 1985 and 1986, the Tokyo Public Prosecutors Office said.