Strange, considering how common suicide is in Japan, but according to this article end-of-life planning with living wills is a relatively new thing in Japan, not yet common:
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) – Retired Japanese airline employee Tarou Tanzawa said 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. Soon after, Tanzawa made his own
Perhaps there is a life-preserving aspect to living wills, especially in a culture that seems to accept suicide so readily (though assisted suicide is still not legalized in Japan, as it has been in CA and a few other states).
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