Category: Assisted Dying

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan

“Once again – I haven’t heard from you -” writes the late Yuri Hayashi, ALS patient

It seems Hayashi’s PC stopped working after her post on July 10 2018, for “almost a month”.

On August 25 2018, she posts again. In this post, Hayashi seems to have put her plans to die in Switzerland – which she calls “the theme of this blog” – on pause for the time being.

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan

The late Yuri Hayashi, ALS patient consulted with physicians as she thought about what to do with her ‘remaining time’

“Is it best to spend as little time as possible to keep the pace going forward, or is it better to work and do something even if it puts a strain on your body?”

The doctor answered without hesitation.

“It is better to do what you can while you are doing it.”

As soon as I heard the answer, I cried tears.”

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan

‘“Understanding” makes my heart lighter’, the late Yuri Hayashi, ALS patient on why she writes a blog

“The reason I started blogging and Twitter was the story of a patient I heard from a helper. The woman, who is still young, has been fighting illness since she was born with cerebral palsy. She seems to have difficulty in pronouncing words and can express her feelings only occasionally.”

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan Politics

Former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara criticized after calling ALS a “business disease” on Twitter

In a tweet posted on July 27, Shintaro Ishihara called ALS an “occupational disease”, and some on Twitter pointed out that “business disease” refers to “an intractable disease that has been thought to come at the expense of bad business,” and was at best a rude or derogatory term.

ALS Assisted Dying Disability Japan

Health experts call alleged assisted death of woman with ALS “fundamentally different” from previous cases due to payment issue

Health experts are calling the case of two doctors arrested last week on suspicion of assisting in the death of a 51-year-old woman with ALS “fundamentally different” from past euthanasia cases that led to other doctors’ convictions for murder in Japan, because she allegedly asked them to kill her for money on Twitter.