“Here, we can think of a loved one as gone even if their heart is beating,” said Angela Jenks, assistant teaching professor of anthropology at UC Irvine. “For many people in Japan, a person isn’t only located in their brain, and death of the brain doesn’t automatically mean the death of a person.” In Japan, death is often recorded twice – when brain death is confirmed and when the heart stops beating, Jenks said.

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