Mdm. Wonton Baptiste: DubtodaIll: While this is a little outrageous to us in the west, I'm curious as to how many people in Japan share his viewpoint? I studied abroad in Tokyo and one of my professions, Jeff Kingston (the guy NPR always interviews whenever there's something going on in Japan, and a brilliant guy all round) spent some class time discussing this word in Japanese, which escapes me, that roughly translates in to "throw grandmother off the cliff." It's an historic principle of Japanese society that when times get tight then the elderly are expected to be the first to sacrifice themselves because they've had a good long go at life already and so therefore have the least the sacrifice at that point. This Aso guy is being a bit blunt about it but I'm not sure how inflammatory his words actually are within Japan itself.It would be nice to be able to keep people alive for as long as they'd like, but resources are not limitless and a balance needs to be struck between what is affordable and what is possible.ubasute (sp?) I believe/agrees with the idea
theknuckler_33: MattStafford: theknuckler_33: Unless you are speaking solely about the chronically bedridden, this is nonsense. Old people still consume and that contributes demand to the economy.Consumption financed by debt is not beneficial for the economy. You are suggesting that it would be economically advantageous for poor countries to start borrowing money to keep their elderly, retired population (who by definition produce nothing) alive. Surely this should set off some common sense alarms, right?What do you mean 'financed by debt'? You appear to be suggesting that every cost incurred by an old person is paid for by US debt. Surely, THAT should set off some common sense alarms.
Shedim: Chariset: "Old" is "15 years more than your current age"So in his view, anyone over 87 should go to that creepy suicide forest and never come backCamping in Aokigahara Forest is on my bucket list.
fusillade762: It is not the first time Aso, one of Japan's wealthiest politicians, has questioned the state's duty towards its large elderly population.He should come to the US. He'd fit right in with the current GOP.
Apos: [0-media-cdn.foolz.us image 96x126]"Aso love to troll!"
howdoibegin: Where's the hypocrisy? He said he thought people should die of natural causes without extended end of life care, and said he would refuse said care. Maybe I missed the part where years lived equals some kind of cosmic score.
Chariset: "Old" is "15 years more than your current age"So in his view, anyone over 87 should go to that creepy suicide forest and never come back
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