#823 “Heisei-kun Sayonara”
From Heisei to Reiwa
The new era “Reiwa” will begin on May 1. The current “Heisei” era which began in 1989 will end on April 30.
I read the book “Heisei-kun Sayonara” (Good bye Heisei-kun) which was nominated for Akutagawa Prize. The book tells the life story of Heisei-kun. Heisei-kun was born in 1989 when Heisei era began. Although he is only 29 years old he decided to end his life by euthanasia when the Heisei era ends.
Will he really die? Why does he want to die? What is euthanasia?
I was fascinated by the story.
One of the interesting parts of the book is that it uses a lot of real names, such as famous people, places and brands. Sometimes it makes me wonder whether I am reading a fiction or non-fiction.
It is a good time to read this book, isn’t it?
After reading the book, I checked about euthanasia. Euthanasia is not legal in Japan. Will it be legalized in the future?
This story was not only about Heisei era but even into the future.
It is a good time to read this book while we are transitioning from Heisei to Reiwa, isn’t it?