About the Project

International Joint Research on Ethical and Legal Issues of End-of-life care in East Asia, 2018-2023

Purpose

The project attempts to explore common difficulties and excellent practices of end of life care in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, based on which it shows a path to such an institution and system to examine and realize what is a good process to death. 

Method

The method is to compare the situation in Japan to ones in South Korea and Taiwan where legislation on the end of life care is being introduced. Through a survey of differences in the systems of laws, interviews with medical practitioners, and visits of clinical sites. 

Content

Our team focuses especially on the items: palliative care, advance care planning, ethical consultation, withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, euthanasia, and views on life and death. We will lead research on end of life care in Asia through close joint research by an interdisciplinary team composed of experts in ethics, law, medical care in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan. These research outcomes will contribute to the future medical systems and medical policy by depicting a vision of the end of life care based on local history and culture.


This project is adopted in 2018 as Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (B) Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research,‘International Joint Research on Ethical and Legal Issues of End-of-life care in East Asia’「東アジアにおける終末期医療の倫理的・法的問題に関する国際共同研究」(18KK0001).

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