'Living wills' spur debate on right to die with dignity in Japan

President of the non-profit Human Care Association Shoji Nakanishi, 72, who has been wheel-chair bound since a spinal cord injury at age 21, speaks during an interview in Tokyo. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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  • -2


    This is ripe. At the same time the growing wealth and income gaps mean more people can not live with dignity, there is a push to allow a dignified death.

  • 6


    I'm sure that the amount of old people getting murdered by their loved ones will decrease a lot if they would make euthanasia legal. So they should work on this law asap.

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    Cogito Ergo Sum

    This a Dr.Kervokia debate.

  • 7


    I would strongly prefer to be the one to choose how I die vs a team of doctors and or lawyers.

  • 8


    This is a different debate form euthanasia or assisted suicide. They are opting to maintain control over their dying, to refuse (in advance) treatment which can be painful, uncomfortable, and which in fact does nothing but give you a little more time alive with questionable quality of life. People can choose to have treatment which gives them more time, but they should not be forced to have it.

  • 5


    After having gone through this with loved ones, my perceptions about Dr. "Death" Kervorkia changed in a more positive way dramatically. Understandably, euthenasia and living wills are personal subjects depending on the individual. With medical technology as developed as it is, it can be either a blessing or a curse depending on the quality of life index involved. My mother had a living will because she didn't want to die dependent on a machine for life support, especially if in a vegetative state. Fortunately for her she died peacefully. In the case of the American health care system, depending on your financial means and insurance coverage, the cold reality is that medical costs must be taken into careful and serious consideration. In this regard, the quality of life index swings both ways.

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    Give me liberty to live lively or give me dignity with death.

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    I'm sure that the amount of old people getting murdered by their loved ones will decrease a lot if they would make euthanasia legal.

    Yes, I second that.

    Incidentally, my father suffered from cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 69 and died the following day. On the other hand, my mother passed away from old age, lo and behold, at the age of 100. It was noteworthy that they didn't cause us trouble at all. So I hope to die gracefully when the time comes without causing my family.

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    Peter Qinghai

    I would be anecdotal, but how many jinsin jikkos wouldn't happen if assisted suicide was an option?

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