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(Guardian)   Japan's Finance Minister says the elderly should "hurry up and die". He's 72   (guardian.co.uk) divider line 17
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2013-01-23 10:35:48 AM  
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www.bigwowo.com
2013-01-23 12:17:55 PM  
2 votes:

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


Ubasute is correct.

Ubasute (姥捨て?, lit. "abandoning an old woman", also called "obasute" and sometimes "oyasute") refers to the custom allegedly performed in Japan in the distant past, whereby an infirm or elderly relative was carried to a mountain, or some other remote, desolate place, and left there to die, either by dehydration, starvation, or exposure. The practice was allegedly most common during times of drought and famine, and was sometimes mandated by feudal officials.

In modern Japan a robot would of course carry the old woman to the mountain.
2013-01-23 05:51:36 AM  
2 votes:
What an Aso.
2013-01-23 04:45:30 AM  
2 votes:
In 2001, he said he wanted Japan to become the kind of successful country in which "the richest Jews would want to live".

LOL!
2013-01-23 04:44:50 AM  
2 votes:
Yoko Ono is going to be 80 in a couple of weeks.
2013-01-23 09:21:01 AM  
1 votes:

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.


Well... since a pretty big chunk of every US dollar anyone spends on anything is paid for by US debt, he is not too far off...
2013-01-23 06:00:45 AM  
1 votes:

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 back

Camping in Aokigahara Forest is on my bucket list.


Is it the last thing on your list?
2013-01-23 05:41:40 AM  
1 votes:

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.


lolwut? he's not white.
2013-01-23 05:30:52 AM  
1 votes:
This fool shold be arrested and put on an island.

/He's already on an Island/?
??Nevermind
2013-01-23 05:12:29 AM  
1 votes:

Apos: [0-media-cdn.foolz.us image 96x126]
"Aso love to troll!"


Who you carring an Aso, asso?
2013-01-23 04:55:12 AM  
1 votes:

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.


But... But... But... He wants people not to get to 120 while bed bound and artificially kept alive by 6 different machines for the past 30 years!
2013-01-23 04:47:34 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2013-01-23 04:34:28 AM  
1 votes:
pshh what are you stupid? He only meant the poor ones..
2013-01-23 04:29:39 AM  
1 votes:

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


Camping in Aokigahara Forest is on my bucket list.
2013-01-23 04:28:01 AM  
1 votes:
"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,"

Typicar Repubrican.
2013-01-23 01:45:11 AM  
1 votes:
"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
2013-01-23 12:42:49 AM  
1 votes:
0-media-cdn.foolz.us
"Aso love to troll!"
 
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