Outrage in Japan over euthanasia without consent

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 29 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1627

Japanese police are considering a murder charge against Dr Yoshihiro Yamanaka, a physician who admitted to killing a patient with stomach cancer without the patient's consent. Euthanasia is legal in Japan but only if four conditions are met: the patient must be close to death, untreatable, and in great pain, and he or she must clearly express a wish to die.

Yamanaka, chief doctor at Keihoku Hospital near Kyoto, apparently chose to ignore the law. His middle aged male patient's …

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