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Bioethics Seminar: To Die for One’s Country – the Japanese Way

In an evening of May 1891, a young Japanese woman committed suicide in front of the Kyoto Prefectural Hall. Before taking that action she had posted some ten letters addressed to both the Japanese and Russian governments. In the same month, a police officer had attempted to assassinate a Russian Prince who was visiting Japan. The wounded Prince’s decision to return home without completing the original itinerary prompted the woman to write to the two governments and kill herself publicly.

Why did she do so? Taking this incident as a starting point, the paper explores the distinctively Japanese way of dying for one’s country, thereby highlighting an aspect of Japanese patriotism and discussing what dying means for the Japanese.

Speaker: Professor Takashi Shogimen

Date Monday, 22 August 2016
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
DepartmentBioethics Centre
LocationBioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) . Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington . University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: .Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.
Contact NameBioethics Centre
Contact Phone64 3 471 6120

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