Monday, November 28, 2005

End-of-life choice in Japan

The Japan Society for Dying With Dignity had 108,841 members as of September 11, 2005 -- the largest right-to-die organization in the world.
The Tokyo based group <> does NOT advocate active euthanasia, suicide or assisted suicide, only LIVING WILLS to prevent the prolongation of suffering at the end of life.
There are two women to every one man in the membership of the Japanese group. Members 65 and older number
86,576, while those 75 and older number 49,907.
There are 39 members over 100 years old, 31 of them women and eight men.
SOURCE: Newsletter of Japan Soc. For Dying With Dignity, # 119, September 2005.


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