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"Death with dignity" in the Japanese context.
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PMID:  16637137     Owner:  KIE     Status:  MEDLINE    
In Japan, "death with dignity" is a widely known term that is distinguished from "euthanasia." It is generally defined as "the act of letting a terminally ill or a patient in a persistent vegetative state die by withdrawing life-sustaining treatment on request in the form of a living will." Most Japanese people consider death with dignity a desirable way of terminating one's life and it is therefore acceptable as a "natural death" or "humane death." Originally, death with dignity was regarded as a passive intervention, but since the 1990s, its connotations have changed in western countries; people claim that voluntary active euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should be legalized as death with dignity or the "right to die." In this paper, I examine the points and problems of this new type of death with dignity and propose an alternative version of death with dignity especially for the Japanese context, i.e. the end-of-life care process in support of terminal living with dignity.
Motomu Shimoda
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal international de bioéthique = International journal of bioethics     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1145-0762     ISO Abbreviation:  J Int Bioethique     Publication Date:    2005 Mar-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-25     Completed Date:  2006-06-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9015754     Medline TA:  J Int Bioethique     Country:  France    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  125-34, 197     Citation Subset:  E    
Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Medical Ethics, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Consumer Participation
Euthanasia, Active, Voluntary*
Life Support Care*
Personal Autonomy
Public Opinion
Public Policy
Right to Die*
Suicide, Assisted*
Terminal Care*
Treatment Refusal
Western World
Withholding Treatment*

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