I kinda think they are heroes, not murderers, but that's not how they see it in Japan.
Here is an editorial that appeared in the Asahi Shimbun about the case:
EDITORIAL: Death of ALS patient may be major breach of medical ethics
Well, she was an adult, so contacting her family and getting their input doesn't seem to be necessary. She had ALS. Does it matter whether they were experts in ALS? Its effects are known even to laypeople. Finally, they took money. Maybe that makes it ethically questionable. But a veterinarian gets paid when he euthanizes an animal. Why is it inherently unethical for the doctor to get paid?Two doctors were arrested on suspicion of murder after they allegedly gave a drug to an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) patient that is believed to have caused her death.
The patient’s blog and Twitter pages contained posts that expressed her desire for mercy killing. But there are many unknowns about what really occurred.
Specific communications among the three persons involved, for instance, have yet to be uncovered. It is not known either what were the thoughts and objectives of the two suspects.
We need to wait for these questions to be answered before we can understand the full implications of this distressing story.
As to what we have learned so far, it is impossible to justify the act of the arrested doctors as a legitimate medical practice.
They were neither her doctors nor experts in ALS. It is believed that the two came to know her only through social media.
The two doctors did not contact her family, while the patient reportedly paid some 1.3 million yen ($12,340) into a bank account of one of the doctors.