Jan 22

- Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister Has A Modest Proposal For The Elderly: “Hurry Up And Die” (ZeroHedge, Jan 21, 2013):

Everyone knows that Japan, whose population is now at the oldest average age it has ever been in its history, sold more adult than baby diapers for the first time in 2012, and is “older” than any nation in the world, has a “demographic problem.” What few may know, however, is that it also has a secret plan to fix said “demographic problem” – a solution that would make Hitler, Goebbels and Stalin proud. Earlier today, Taro Aso, 72 years young, and the deputy PM of the man set to unleash Abenomics on Japan (for the second time, only this time it will be different), suggested that the elderly in Japan should just “hurry up and die” becauseYou cannot sleep well when you think it’s all paid by the government.

Uhhhmmm….

Remember that this is the nation that the US is set to imitate at all costs: in everything from the rising debt/GDP, to the interest as a % of revenue, to the demographic distribution of the population, to the absolute collapse in its export base, to, well, everything. And, perhaps, one day to the treatment of the elderly. Because unlike the US, Japan does not have an insolvent Social Security Fund and underfunded liabilities that amount to about 10 times its GDP. Ironically, in the perspective of benefits promised to its society, Japan is in a better place than even the US. But why worry about that now: there is an inauguration going on, and everyone is discussing what the FLOTUS is wearing.

But back to outspoken Aso. From the SCMP:

The 72-year-old Aso, who has a reputation for speaking insensitively, was addressing a meeting on social security issues on the burden imposed by prolonging patients’ lives with treatment.

Describing patients with serious illnesses as “tube persons”, Aso said they should be allowed to die quickly if they wanted to, Kyodo News reported.

“Heaven forbid I should be kept alive if I want to die. You cannot sleep well when you think it’s all paid by the government. This won’t be solved unless you let them hurry up and die.

He later retracted some of his remarks and admitted it had been inappropriate to make such comments in public. They were his personal opinion, not government policy, he said.

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