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Ageing, indebted Japan debates right to 'die with dignity'

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 05:50

As ageing baby-boomers in Japan ponder their own demise and the country struggles with the worst public debt among advanced countries, the taboo on avoiding life-extending care is being eroded.


RETIRED Japanese airline employee Tarou Tanzawa said that he hadn't thought much about his own death until his 84-year-old mother was diagnosed with malignant lymphoma and decided against costly and invasive life-prolonging treatment.

He watched his mother die peacefully at a

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