Tag - euthanasia



Judges at the Kyoto District Court hear a case involving Yoshikazu Okubo, a doctor accused of the consensual killing of a woman with a fatal neurological disease, on Jan. 11.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 6, 2024
Japanese doctor given 18 years for consensual killing of ALS patient
Admitting to charges of commissioned murder, Yoshikazu Okubo had said that he "did it to fulfill (the patient's) wish."
Judges at the Kyoto District Court hear a case involving Yoshikazu Okubo, a doctor accused of the consensual killing of a woman with a fatal neurological disease, on Jan. 11. The court is scheduled to deliver its ruling on March 5.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 1, 2024
Prosecutors seek 23 years for Japanese doctor in consensual killing case
They claim the accused had an "interest" in killing the elderly and people with disabilities under the false pretense of medical care.
The Kyoto District Court found that Naoki Yamamoto, 46, conspired with another doctor, Yoshikazu Okubo, 45, in administering a lethal dose of sedative to Yuri Hayashi, at her request in her apartment on Nov. 30, 2019.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Dec 19, 2023
Ex-doctor gets prison term for consensual killing of Kyoto ALS patient
The Kyoto District Court found the doctor conspired with another doctor in administering a lethal dose of sedative to the patient at her request.
The question of when a person dies is a scientific and moral issue with far-reaching implications in the area of organ transplants, among others.
Nov 16, 2023
When does science say we die?
Debates about when a human being dies are yet unresolved, with profound implications for the medical profession and areas such as organ transplants.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 16, 2023
She's 47, anorexic and wants help dying. Canada will soon allow it.
An expansion of criteria will allow some Canadians whose sole underlying condition is mental illness to choose medically assisted death.
Japan Times
Mar 18, 2023
‘Do Unto Others’ makes an unconvincing case for euthanasia
Part whodunit, part tearjerker, Tetsu Maeda’s film frames its protagonist as a noble caregiver in favor of dispatching the elderly.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 8, 2023
Woman gets 11 years for murder of mentally ill husband in Tokyo
The Kyoto District Court found Junko Yamamoto guilty of killing her 77-year-old husband by unknown means in collusion with her son Naoki and his acquaintance.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 13, 2023
Woman denies killing mentally ill husband with help of doctor son
According to her lawyer, Junko Yamamoto said she did not know how her husband died and questioned whether the incident amounted to a murder.
Japan Times
May 1, 2021
Extending the right to die
The issue of allowing advance requests for assistance in dying will become more pressing as populations age and more people develop dementia.
Japan Times
Nov 21, 2020
A frank conversation is needed on euthanasia
In October, New Zealand voters approved a referendum proposal to legalize medically assisted suicide, thus joining a small group of countries and territories that allow euthanasia under specific circumstances. The proposal sprang from a lawsuit brought by a lawyer dying from a brain tumor, and while...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Aug 13, 2020
Doctors charged over Kyoto ALS patient’s medically assisted suicide
Afflicted since 2011 and hardly able to move, Yuri Hayashi is believed to have wished to die by euthanasia.
Japan Times
Jul 30, 2020
Kyoto ALS woman's death not case of euthanasia, health experts say
Police have emphasized the malicious nature of the case, pointing out the fact that the two suspects took money for their alleged actions.
Japan Times
Jul 28, 2020
Terminally ill Kyoto woman left will before her assisted death
The disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, causes gradual paralysis with no fundamental treatments established.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 25, 2020
Sedative found in body of Kyoto ALS patient who sought medically assisted suicide
The drug, which can suppress breathing and lead to death if injected in large quantities, is easily obtained by doctors.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 23, 2020
Two doctors suspected of getting paid to help Kyoto woman die
The two doctors allegedly administered a sedative to the woman at her home in Kyoto in November last year with her consent, investigative sources said.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 21, 2019
French court tells doctors to resume life support for paralyzed patient
A French appeals court on Monday ordered doctors to resume giving food and water to a French quadriplegic, lawyers said, some 12 hours after medics switched off the man's life support against his parents' will.
Japan Times
Jul 29, 2017
Death: We all have to go sometime
"In Japan today, talking about death is taboo," Kobe University medical professor Yoshiyuki Kizawa told the Asahi Shimbun earlier this month.
Japan Times
May 2, 2017
Getting the most out of life, Paralympian and euthanasia advocate fulfills Japan travel dream
A Belgian Paralympic champion wheelchair racer and sometimes euthanasia campaigner expressed her delight at making her dream Japan visit a reality.
Japan Times
Oct 17, 2016
Should children be granted the right to die?
Minors with a demonstrable capacity for rational decision-making should have the right to request euthanasia.
WORLD / Politics
Oct 13, 2016
Dutch may allow assisted suicide for those who feel life is over
The Dutch government intends to draft a law that would legalize assisted suicide for people who feel they have "completed life," but are not necessarily terminally ill, it said on Wednesday.


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