Legal & Ethical Challenges of End-of-Life Care in Japan

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Legal & Ethical Challenges of End-of-Life Care in Japan

Room 223, Level 2
Law
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Legal & Ethical Challenges of End-of-Life Care in Japan

This presentation will discuss about the current situation of the role of law in end of life medicine and care in Japanese Super Aging Society. More than one fourth of the population is now over age of 65 in Japan. But there is no natural death act nor advance directive & medical Guardian legislation. Criminal law still plays important role and some doctors/nurses hesitate to terminate life-sustaining treatment because they worry about criminal prosecution even though the termination is a patient’s wish or best interest. Currently the reform of so-called “Process Guideline” of the Decision-Making for Terminal Stage Medicine is under way at the Health Department’s committee. It will be discussed about how Japan try to resolve these challenges including the new Process Guideline.

Presenter

  • Professor Futoshi Iwata
    Professor Futoshi Iwata, Professor of Law