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However, if advance directives are legally recognized in Japan in the future, these advance directive documents preferably should be based on a more familial model of decision making. It is well understood that our traditional socio-cultural understanding of human life positively admits the natural process of death as the final event of life. Under the ideal of Shinto, a divinely descended emperor governs through rituals offered to deities called Kami.

Thus individuals should share their wishes

The Human Being and Death in Japanese. However, increasingly it is believed that people should not have to accept without question the authority of doctors in the treatment of disease.

In this case, the Nagoya High Court ruled that the first four criteria had been met, but that the final two conditions had not. Death and Dying in Japan Prof. Hardacre investigates the claims about Shinto as the embodiment of indigenous tradition, and about its rightful place in the public realm. Hardacre's magisterial work will stand as the definitive reference for years to come. But, perhaps surprisingly, both its religiosity and its Japanese origins have been questioned.

Conditions once considered fatal, can now be treated effectively or cured. It has been regarded as such for many thousands of years in our Japanese society and culture.

Thus, individuals should share their wishes with other family members so that they can be respected. Through this theatre of state, it is thought, the human, natural, and supernatural worlds will align in harmony and prosper. The meaning of death and the dying process in our lives is changing as have the traditional criteria for determining death, namely, cessation of heartbeat and respiration. According to the physician, the patient's son asked the physician to alleviate his father's suffering.

In Ethics Trust, and the Professions, ed. Family members might reach a decision different from that desired by the patient. In Encyclopedia of Bioethics, revised edition, ed. The history and nature of Shinto are subjects of vital importance for understanding contemporary Japan, its politics, its international relations, and its society. These rituals are practiced in innumerable shrines across the realm, so that local rites mirror the monarch's ceremonies.

In contrast, the medical profession has a very negative view of such actions even in the case of terminally ill patients. Due to the family's denial that they asked for help in ending the patient's life, the physician was accused of murder and dismissed from the hospital. Some people express their uneasiness with the idea of a documented expression of their wishes at the end of life. Indeed, at present, there is no legal recognition of any type of advance directive.

Through this theatre of state