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Japan's Deputy Prime Minister Has A Modest Proposal For The Elderly: "Hurry Up And Die"

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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" because "You cannot sleep well when you think it's all paid by the government."


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.


Aso became something of a figure of fun during his brief stint as prime minister in 2009, during which he told a group of university students that young people should not get married because they are too poor and, because they don't earn much money, they are not worthy of respect from a life partner.


That insight was followed by a declaration that followers of the world's religions should learn from Japan's work ethic.


"Our values in Japan regard work as important. To work is good. That is a completely different way of thinking to the Old Testament. We should share that philosophy with other nations."


Aso has a reputation for not always thinking through his public comments. He had offended doctors by saying many of them "lack common sense"; the Democratic Party of Japan for comparing it with the Nazi Party; people with Alzheimer's disease and also China, which he described as "a significant threat".

And these are the - somewhat aged to be perfectly blunt here as well - people on which the western capital markets have staked their hopes for a return to prosperity and monetary utopia? Just when does the world admit to itself it has a peak desperation problem?

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:22 | 3174527 TruthInSunshine
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Soylent Green Is Japanese Elderly People!


Many, MANY elderly + horrifically low birth rate (as 1/3 of the Japanese People will suffer serious sexual reproductive issues or sterility as a result of Fukushima Daiichi - look at proximity of Fukushima Daiichi fallout to Tokyo) = absolute demographic, financial catastrophe in Japan (which is already one of the most indebted "sovereigns" on earth, now with an even more batshit crazy ruling political party and a bona fide-approved-by-Krugman head central wankin' fractional reserve banker).

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:26 | 3174548 Beam Me Up Scotty
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Its every politicians dream....."To Serve Man"

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:35 | 3174573 old naughty
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He's merely speaking the true (feelings of those in power).

Why else we are called muppets?

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:36 | 3174579 economics9698
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That asshole ripped off Alan Grayson.


Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:45 | 3174592 strannick
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Kill yourself, for the good of the State, as a civic duty. If your too selfish to do it yourself, then the State might have to do it for you. A nice comfortable painless ceremony, amoung loved ones. Knew that one was coming..

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:56 | 3174623 Stackers
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Just identify and take your ride on carousel and renew again and again


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:14 | 3174698 macholatte
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Remember that this is the nation that the US is set to imitate at all costs:


Excuse me..... sorry.  The Japs are copy cats on this one. That's the Obamacare Final Solution, which doesn't even ask for volunteers, it assigns death to the unwanted via the death panels.

Obamacare = Denial of Care


Adios Muddafokers




Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:35 | 3174742 old naughty
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So rice, fishes, and what naught...

This calls for desperate measures !

But radiation is in everything. And I mean everything, including soylent green, no?

Death knell.


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 01:12 | 3174800 FEDbuster
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Worldwide, man made pandemic targeted at the over 60 age group?  These sick fucks will do their best to develop something like this given their track record.  Some sort of "over 60" special flu shot that everyone needs to get.... What better way to solve a demographic problem?

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 02:00 | 3174845 Matt
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The world is ran by people who are, if not over, rapidly approaching 60. I doubt they would off themselves.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 04:42 | 3174944 zhandax
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Obamacare = Denial of Care

Best thing that could ever happen to ya.  If you are counting on an allopathic healing modality, you are fucked from the start. 
Good luck with the cut, burn, and poison crew.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 06:38 | 3174993 JoBob
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The world is ran by people who are, if not over, rapidly approaching 60.

...And that is because they know grammar and syntax.

Wed, 01/23/2013 - 14:05 | 3175032 One of these is...
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No, but an examination of both history and the present illuminates the fact, they don't extend the same concern to those who are "less important" than they are...


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 08:54 | 3175082 spanish inquisition
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If all the people worried about population growth would lead by example and off themselves...Problem solved!

All those bastards are really talking about is killing off less desireable parts of the population for profit and to save the fiat.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 12:07 | 3175606 Bicycle Repairman
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China to Japan: just drop dead already.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 11:03 | 3175369 americanspirit
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And while you're at it, tube people, why not do double duty as a solid contributing citizen and take at least one aging politician/banker with you. Japanese people are sooooo good with knives. Clear the decks. Banzai - or, actually, don't banzai.

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:36 | 3174580 Buckaroo Banzai
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It's pronounced, "soyrent gleen".


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:13 | 3174694 booboo
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Tojo Briden

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:37 | 3174581 Vampyroteuthis ...
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The Japanese have had horrendously low birth rates for a couple generations now. Demographic implosion is coming. Bitchez!!

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:57 | 3174640 ToNYC
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I'll have my men with right-sized freedom fries!

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:06 | 3174677 Larry Dallas
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For all of the nasty porn that comes out of that place, they seemingly can't procreate worth a damn.


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 01:11 | 3174798 SilverFish
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The hole they put it in is the problem.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 02:13 | 3174863 Beam Me Up Scotty
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They can't tell which hole to put it in. It's all pixeled out!!

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 03:40 | 3174922 Manic by Proxy
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That's your slant on it then.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 06:21 | 3174987 BigInJapan
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It stems from a deeply-rooted sexual inferiority complex.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:51 | 3175327 GMadScientist
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Keep making messes and missin' the target!

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 07:47 | 3175014 DavidC
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You're on fire today!


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 09:21 | 3175107 Stoploss
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They're all dead anyway.  Whatever.

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:17 | 3174530 wee-weed up
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Death Panels, Bitchez!

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:34 | 3174570 Anusocracy
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Death to Death Panel advocates!

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 05:35 | 3174971 Laretes
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You morons know that you behave like complete lunatics with that death panel BS? 

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 09:16 | 3175102 LeisureSmith
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All you need is a tune from Glen Miller and a video of cops beating hippies.


Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:19 | 3174532 Buckaroo Banzai
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Japan has embraced the Culture of Death. When was the last time something vital or interesting came out of Japan? 20 years ago?

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:34 | 3174574 knukles
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December 1941?
August 1945?

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:39 | 3174584 Buckaroo Banzai
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Hey, be fair. The Walkman was pretty fucken awesome. What was that, 1982? And the 1989 Honda Accord was the shiznit.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 01:13 | 3174801 Cosimo de Medici
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And those GS Yuasa batteries are lighting up the sky.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 02:03 | 3174849 Matt
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Considering Bushido is all about embracing death, they have kind of had that going for them for at least a few centuries.

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:19 | 3174534 toady
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I know more than a few people who wish the boomers would just die right here in the good ol' USA.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:01 | 3174641 wee-weed up
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Are you hoping to die young?

I mean, we certainly wouldn't want you to be any kind of a burden in your auld age either, right?

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 01:21 | 3174811 Cosimo de Medici
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A trillion in Student Debt, much in arrears, and the key demographic that elected our $5 trillion (so far) Spendthrift-in-Chief and champion of bank-bailing Tim Geithner as SecTreas and Ben Bernanke as a second term Fed Chief tells me the youth of America are more than carrying their load.

Show us the way to Valhalla, young fella!  We're right behind you.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 08:46 | 3175075 Louie the Dog
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I know more than a few people who wish the boomers would just die right here in the good ol' USA.

Just tell them to keep making those SS contributions, I only have 18 months to go before I can start spending them.  

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 10:03 | 3175180 jwoop66
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They can't die yet, we still owe them.

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:20 | 3174535 williambanzai7
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The world has a wonderful lube
It comes by the barrel or tube
Some new printed bucks
From Psychotic fucks
With theories conceived by a boob

The Limerick King

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 02:14 | 3174864 Assetman
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You'd better lube, or you'll Taro (hole in your) Aso.


Tue, 01/22/2013 - 03:37 | 3174920 Manic by Proxy
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So funny! I laughed, I cried, I bought precious metals just before a boating accident.

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:20 | 3174536 reader2010
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Where is the Japanese Cicero when they need him so badly?

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:33 | 3174626 CPL
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You mean Mishima?


Traditional Seppuku for the shame for what his country had become.

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:21 | 3174538 nmewn
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Keynesian eugenics...Seppuku style.

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 23:22 | 3174539 Seasmoke
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If their demise is sped up , shouldn't they all take a few with them.

Tue, 01/22/2013 - 00:13 | 3174695 toady
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Kamakazi grandmothers?

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