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Japan: The Elderly Should Hurry Up And Die

January 23, 2013

Japan's finance minister, Taro Aso (pronounced asshole), says we should let the elderly 'hurry up and die' because they are a drag on society.

The blue-blood Japanese finance minister who also doubles as deputy prime minister says that the elderly are costing the government money for end-of-life medical care.

Ageing is a sensitive issue in Japan. The island nation has one of the world's oldest populations, "with almost a quarter of its 128 million people over 60." That figure is expected to rise to 40 percent in the next 50 years.

The Elderly Are A Drag On Society

Asshole's implied solution to Japan's aging demographic is to reduce it by whatever means necessary. His opinion is widely shared by the high-paid bureaucracy within Japan's rigidly hierarchical society.

During a meeting of the National Council on Social Security Reforms, Asshole said: "Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die. You cannot sleep well when you think it's all paid by the government. "I don't need that kind of care. I will die quickly," he said adding he had left written instructions that his life is not artificially prolonged. During the meeting, he reportedly referred to "tube people" when talking of patients who cannot feed themselves. The 72-year-old Aso, a former prime minister, has been in his current job less than a month, but has a long history of planting his foot firmly in his mouth. – AFP

Japan: The Good, Bad & Ugly

Japan is a curious amalgamation of good, bad and ugly. There is the exquisite genius of Japanese art and sophisicated technology... and then there is the brutality of Japanese industry, economics and politics.

Trainloads of Japanese head out to work in the morning and then the same trains are filled with sleeping Japanese at the end of the day. This is an 8-12 hour day. In cities, the jobs are often desk jobs. So it is not physical labor that is exhausting the Japanese but the demands of the hierarchical culture itself. Japan is a tough place to live, even for Japanese.

To counteract their economic slump, Japan is following the example of the United States, Britain and Europe – printing massive amounts of fiat money. In the US especially, all that paper money has not done much for employment or the larger economy but it has doubled the perceived value of the stock market. Paper, in other words, inflates paper.

The European Central Bank is announcing it will buy open-ended amounts of worthless European sovereign debt. (Breaking the law is heroic these days.) Japan is also faking a rejuvenation of its economy which the Japanese media is praising but the reality is that Japan will stay the same as it has been in the post-war era - a technologically adept, hierarchical society where personal freedoms are increasingly restricted.

Japan's spendthrift and unresponsive government is under pressure and is lashing out at the hard-working, long-suffering ageing population whose sweat built the nation into the super power it is today.

Modern Japanese culture threatens to come apart after two decades of low and no growth, vicious deflation, demographic collapse, earthquakes and radiation posisoning and a heartless political process of negative trends without viable solutions. Japan's leadership is lapsing into sociopolitical fascism grafted to Keynesian socialism and is setting the stage for increasing dysfunction of Japanese society.

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