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The demise of the last emperor: its influence on Japanese society from a thanatological viewpoint.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2686939     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Emperor Hirohito of Japan died of cancer at the age of 87 on January 7, 1989. He was once worshipped as a god incarnate. After World War II, he renounced his divinity and became the symbol of both the state and the unity of the people. His demise brought into focus some unique aspects of the Japanese view of life and death. This paper discusses three topics pertaining to what the Emperor's death highlighted from a thanatological viewpoint: (1) junshi, or following one's master into death, (2) the disclosure of the nature of a malignant illness, and (3) death with dignity.
Y Takahashi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Crisis     Volume:  10     ISSN:  0227-5910     ISO Abbreviation:  Crisis     Publication Date:  1989 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-01-22     Completed Date:  1990-01-22     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8218602     Medline TA:  Crisis     Country:  CANADA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  169-78     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
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MeSH Terms
Duodenal Neoplasms / history*
Famous Persons*
History, 20th Century
Social Change
Terminal Care / history*
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Hirohito Emperor

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