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Event in Japanese, English invites people to frankly discuss death over dinner in Tokyo

The logo of the "Death over Dinner" event. (Image courtesy of End-of-Life Care Association of Japan)

TOKYO -- The End-of-Life Care Association of Japan (ELC) will hold a "Death over Dinner" event in Tokyo on March 7, where participants can talk about passing away in Japanese and English.

    People tend to avoid topics related to death even among their families. They are often left to worry alone about facing their demise as well as that of their family members. ELC General Manager Keiko Chida hopes that the event will be an opportunity for participants to openly discuss the taboo subject.

    Chida lost her father five years ago and her family had frankly discussed death with him. She said that she learned about how her father wanted to die, including his thoughts on life-prolonging treatment, as well as how he wanted to live his final days.

    Chida commented, "We were talking about my father's death but the topics were mainly how he wanted to live and how we could support him to realize his will. I noticed that we were actually talking about life, not death."

    ELC invites both Japanese and English speakers to take part because it wants people to talk in simple language as much as possible while being aware of differences in their cultural and social backgrounds. Participants do not have to be bilingual as ELC's staff will assist with their communication.


    (Event Information)

    Date: March 7 between 7 to 9 p.m.

    Place: Tegami-dera, third floor of the Dai-ni Uehara Building, 4-11-7, Ginza, Chuo-Ward, Tokyo

    Maximum number of participants: 20 people

    Fee (including casual dinner): 3,000 yen

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    Telephone inquiries: 03-6435-6404

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