Since May 30th 2017, Japanese laws and policies, Act on the Protection of Personal Information are amended. In the context of them, Ethical Guidelines for Medical and Health Research Involving Human Subjects ([only in Japanese] 人を対象とする医学系研究に関する倫理指針) have been amended.
For all data from human subjects researches submitted to DDBJ, it is submitter's responsibility to ensure that the dignity and the right of participant (human subject) is protected in accordance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies of submitter's institute.
In principle, make sure to remove any direct personal identifiers of human subjects from your submissions.
Make sure the followings when you use samples derived from human subjects except specimens and information, the value of which has already been established academically, widely utilized in research and generally available.
Before submission of data from human subjects research, please consider whether controlled access for the data is required or not (i.e. unrestricted access) on the basis of informed consents with human subjects.
For controlled access, submit your data to Japanese Genotype-phenotype Archive (JGA)
For unrestricted access, submit your data through DDBJ Sequence Read Archive (DRA) or Mass Submission System (MSS).
Before submitting whole genome scale data from human subjects research, the research plan and the documents of informed consents should be assessed at National Bioscience Database Center (NBDC) as needed.