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Let elderly people 'hurry up and die', says Japanese minister | World news | guardian.co.uk

Japan's new government is barely a month old, and already one of its most senior members has insulted tens of millions of voters by suggesting that the elderly are an unnecessary drain on the country's finances.

Taro Aso, the finance minister, said on Monday that the elderly should be allowed to "hurry up and die" to relieve pressure on the state to pay for their medical care.

"Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die. I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government," he said during a meeting of the national council on social security reforms. "The problem won't be solved unless you let them hurry up and die."



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 22nd, 2013 at 02:18:31 PM EST
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and the master plan for this: bring back the nukes!

genius...

"A fool with a tool is still a fool." - Abraham Verghese

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2013 at 04:21:25 AM EST
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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2013 at 04:47:05 AM EST
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I would welcome a Soylent Green solution. The euthanasia part, not the people-cracker part.

Record. Store. Leave. Don't take it personally. A lifetime passes quickly.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Wed Jan 23rd, 2013 at 03:42:37 PM EST
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