In a recent interview, Yasuhiko Funago, a member of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, said, ” I had to make the tough decision of not attending the Diet session for a few days between late February and early March, amid the spread of the novel coronavirus in Japan.
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.
Following the arrest of two doctors on Thursday 23 July for allegedly murdering a woman, Yuri Hayashi, who had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, at the patient’s request, Yasuhiko Funago, a member of the political party ‘Reiwa Shinsengumi’ has voiced concerns about the alleged ‘mercy killing’ incident in Kyoto.
“Selecting lives,” this word revives the unavoidable fear that I have had since I was a child, that I may be killed. I was very sad. It seems that my 35 years of fighting against discrimination in the community were denied, and I was very disappointed and could not control my anger.