Deciding one’s own death in advance: Biopower, living wills, and resistance to a legislation of death with dignity in Japan

  title={Deciding one’s own death in advance: Biopower, living wills, and resistance to a legislation of death with dignity in Japan},
  author={Celia Spoden},
  journal={Contemporary Japan},
  pages={63 - 82}
  • Celia Spoden
  • Published 2 January 2020
  • Political Science
  • Contemporary Japan
ABSTRACT The usage of medical technologies alongside the medicalization of death brought about the medical norm of fighting for life with all means available. Yet, this norm was questioned and the demand for patient autonomy gained importance. It is in this context that the right to die movement emerged in 1976, and living wills were introduced in Japan. The right to die movement promotes legislation of “death with dignity” arguing for patient empowerment, whereas their opponents warn against… 
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