response to Dr Ravenscroft
I read 'A Doctor Against Euthanasia' because basically I support
euthanasia, but I am interested in opinion against euthanasia. What
I learned from reading the article is that if euthanasia is legal,
it may be easier to choose death instead of continuing to look for
a better treatment. If euthanasia had been available, they might
have died too soon.
My reaction to this article is that DR Ravenscroft fears that people
can be persuaded to choose euthanasia when they do not really want
to. But I don't think so. Patients know about all the choices, not
just euthanasia. But also I agree that euthanasia should never be
easy for a doctor, or a person's family, so that people do not begin
to think of it as something ordinary.
Kanazumi Ami (Japan)
The person and their family
I read 'The right to die - the story of Jose' because I often
hear about right to die and euthanasia on TV and newspapers. I think
the right to die is difficult problem, because the sick person has
their own idea, but her or his family has another idea. For example,
if my parent want the euthanasia, I could not give up her or his
life. In this story the husband whose wife are going to die, and
wanted an easy death, was troubled because he could not give up
her life. But at last he accept her idea. It was very interesting
story for me.
Takeuchi Hifumi (Japan)
A very difficult problem
I read the article 'Human organs for sale.' I have been interested in this
subject since the law about transplant was passed in Japan. I have
known that many poor people sell their organs in exchange for money.
I think it is bad to sell their organs, but I also think they cannot
live without selling their organs. So it is a very difficult problem.
And in Japan, the donor system is also a very big problem. I don't
have a donor card. It may take many years to accept it for Japanese
people and me.
Hanai Hiromi (Japan)
am not brave
I read about 'Human organs for sale'. The reason for choosing is
that offering internal organs is a topic people are starting to
I think it's a good project because the dead person can help people
who are likely to die, by giving them good organs. In my case, if
I was dead and my organs help other people, I might sell them! But
I am not brave, maybe I could not sell my body.
I was surprised at the differences between countries about human
organs for sale. I think, in Japan, this topic has not infiltrated
enough and people have feelings of fear, so we have not enough donors.
Tanaka Hazuki (Japan)
kill the future
I read your articles on abortion and I personally am against abortion.
I think abortion is the taking of someone's life. A person has the
right to live!
In America today it seems like teenagers are getting pregnant every
day and they think the only way out is abortion. I've read stories
how women have had abortions and it's not like you get pregnant,
have an abortion, and then forget it never happened. It doesn't
work that way. Women who have experienced an abortion have said
that it feels like you're having your own guts taken out!
Abortions have left scars on these women's conscience and those
scars will forever stay and will always remind them that they killed
a child. Yes a child, who has not even had the chance to see the
light of day, breathe fresh air, and see the world for the first
time! These babies are paying the price for there mother's mistake!
Why should the children have to suffer because the mother of the
child made to wrong choice. Even if she was raped she should still
keep the child. A child is the greatest gift ever given.
You never know, any one of those babies who was aborted could have
the answer to life's main problems. They could be the next Ienstine-
the smartest man who ever lived, or could have the answer to the
cure of aids or even cancer. Our answers to life's problem might
never be answered because we decided to trash them! I pray every
night for these women, so that they can make the right choice and
keep these babies and to give them birth and to learn to love them
or even give them up for adoption so that people who can't have
babies could give their love and care to watch them grow and to
also make their choices. Children are the future and I say that
we don't kill it!
A teenager (USA)
makes you yourself
I'd like to tell you some of my reactions and opinions of articles
on the website. I read 'The Story of Jose'. I thought it was a sad
story, but if I were Jose maybe I would have done exactly the same
thing. I think it's very good and necessary for the people who have
a terminal illness to have a right to die. The 'right to die' is
important, even if a person doesn't want to die.
I want a choice. Choice is good. The choice makes you yourself.
I mean, if Jose chose to die, we can say it was her decision, and
it was her life! If there is no choice, what are we going to do?
Anyway, I thought it's a very deep question.
Matsutani Mika (Japan)
a person die with dignity
Hello, may I just say that I'm a strong believer in euthanasia.
Just think of all those people who need hospital care but cannot
get into hospital because there isn't enough beds. Instead, filling
these beds are people who don't even want to be living in this world.
Euthanasia lets a person die thinking they are making the right
choices. Some think they are no use to society, think they have
no purpose... Let a person die with dignity if they wish. So much
for ruling one's life. Euthanasia should be introduced to our country.
Gemma, 13 years old (Australia)
difference between us
I read this article Pablo's story. It's a story about a 14 year
old boy that works in Bogota, Columbia. I read this article because
the place we live is so rich that almost we can do anything. I thought
we have to know that all other countries are not like Japan.
My reaction was so surprised. He is working for life, just a 14
year old boy and he is needed to work. That is the difference between
us; in Japan we work so we have money to enjoy ourselves.
Reading some of the articles I really thought UNICEF and other
charities are very good. All of the world should be happy, not only
Suzuki Shinsuke (Japan)
I read an article about Paula's story on Child Labour. We don't
see children who work because of poverty here in Japan, but as for
prostitution, it's getting to be a social problem. I wanted to know
if there's a difference of the reason they prostitute themselves
between England and Japan.
Paula in England
Paula,who lives in the north-east of England where there is a lot
of unemployment, is 15 years old. She says that she stopped going
to school when she was 13 because it was so boring. She started
taking heroin and she became a prostitute to buy drugs. She thinks
kids start taking heroin because there's nothing to do. Even if
they go to school and get qualifications there aren't any jobs for
them. She thinks people should give kids more to do.
I was shocked to read this. I didn't understand exactly what she
asked for. What made her bored? I think that ourselves we should
look for something that never makes us bored. Students should get
pleasure from school life, for example studying, club activities.
Child prostitutes in Thailand
On the other hand, I have read a story on child prostitution in
Thailand in a newspaper. The article reports that some children
were sold into prostitution trade by their parents to make a living.
The article says that poverty seems to be the reason for the supply-side
of child prostitution and brothels. But the demand for young flesh
is the main reason for the existence of child abuse.
In my opinion, it is inhuman to demand sexual service from children.
These shameless actions must be stopped. In Paula's case, she may
be able to change her life. I think adults shouldn't leave their
children alone. I'm so glad to read this kind of current topics
and think about them.
Hara Junko (Japan)
The foetus's standpoint?
I have read 'A controversial issue: Abortion'. I understand there
are a lot of different cases in abortion. We can understand women's
situation, but a big question is that we cannot know foetus's standpoint.
For example, if they feel terrible pain or not, if there is a spirit
or not, and so on. For that reason I cannot tell for sure whether
it is right or not in any cases.
Sakaida Makoto (Japan)
I need to think more
I think if I became pregnant now, I couldn't have a baby because
I am a student, my parents pay my life's money and so on. But I
am against abortion. I think child has a right to live and to be
The articles said that in the Netherlands, for example, abortions
are very safe and very easy to obtain, but the abortion rate in
the Netherlands is the lowest in the world. On the other hand, in
countries where there are laws against abortion, women have illegal
abortions. I wonder at this.
Since I read this article, I don't understand my idea so I want
to think more about abortion.
M. Y. (Japan)