Japan To Slash Welfare Benefits In Attempt To Root Out "Comfortably Poor"

Tyler Durden's picture

Two months ago we demonstrated one of the biggest paradoxes of the current iteration of the US welfare state, in which a single mom earning gross income of $29,000 has the same disposable income after all net benefits as a worker who has gross income of $69,000. The same logic is applicable to all those who instead of working, opt to receive foodstamps, disability payments, and the occasional Obama phone, all the while dropping out of the labor force and making the BLS' job of indicating a dropping unemployment rate a little easier. And while the US is fully intent on converting an ever rising portion of the population into these "comfortably poor" zombies who no longer have any marketable skills, and are completely unqualified to be competitive in an increasingly more specialized workforce, one place where such welfare handouts will no longer be tolerated is Japan, of all places.

As Japan Times reports, "welfare benefits will be slashed by ¥74 billion over a three-year period starting from fiscal 2013, after a government panel found that some people are making more on the dole than the average low-income person who is not spends on living costs, it was learned Sunday." We await with eager amusement as this attempt to impose austerity on the comfortably poor takes place in the US next. Considering there was nearly a revolution in California a few weeks back when EBT cards malfunctioned for a few brief hours, the outcome of a comparable belt-tightening in the US would have truly hilarious, not to mention lethal, consequences.


The decision to lower standard benefit payments by 6.5 percent was made by welfare minister Norihisa Tamura and Finance Minister Taro Aso. The reduction will hit in August.


Since the standard benefit payment provides the basis for determining other levels of public assistance, such as subsidies for school expenses, reducing it may also affect low-income earners even if they are not on welfare.


Tamura said after the meeting that he will implement the measures so the decision does not adversely affect such earners.


The actual amount doled out per household will be slashed by a maximum of 10 percent from the current level, which is based on age, number of family members and area of residence.


Welfare recipients hit a record high of 2.14 million in October 2012 and the state budget for benefits, including medical assistance, stood at around ¥2.8 trillion for fiscal 2012 ending in March.


Later Sunday, the government and ruling parties approved the fiscal 2013 budget proposal, with expenditures in the general account budget totaling ¥92.61 trillion. The Cabinet will sign off on the budget on Tuesday and send it to the Diet.


At the approval meeting, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for the swift enactment of the budget because it “will enable us to implement economic measures in a seamless manner and tackle major challenges, such as reconstruction (from the 2011 quake and tsunami) and disaster prevention.”

And since this is the same Japan, and that is the same Taro Aso, who a week ago modestly proposed to Japan's elderly to hurry up and die already, we can now see just what form this forced de-welfaring, and de-elderization, will take. Then again, Japan is lucky in that its underfunded welfare obligations are some 2-3 turns of GDP lower than those in the US. Because heaven forbid one day none other than the US has to follow suit.

That would be the day the status quo music finally died.

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fonzannoon's picture

Has anyone told the Japanese guy in the caption this?

eclectic syncretist's picture

I'd drop him a couple hundred yen to turn around and piss in the bank there.

Stackers's picture

I thought the whole point of socialism was to make the poor comfortable ????

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Is this the same country that shot itself in the foot with QE and then shot itself in the head with Fukushima?  Killing off the old and starving the poor is going to fix this?

LOL.  If they weren't so insane, it might be funnier.

AldousHuxley's picture

Meanwhile, US rolls out red carpet for illegal aliens to become citizens.....





James_Cole's picture

So let me get this straight... Japan just announced a 11.5TN yen stimulus and are simultaneously slashing welfare benefits? Sounds like a familiar story. 

Pure Evil's picture

The whole point of socialism to provide the state with a seemingly never-ending stream of income that they can then redistribute as they see fit.

The state is not at all concerned with the poor, but try to cut off its income stream and watch what happens.

flattrader's picture

>>>Is this the same country that shot itself in the foot with QE and then shot itself in the head with Fukushima?  Killing off the old and starving the poor is going to fix this?<<<

JapGov will have many deaths soon.  The problem is that radiation doesn't discriminate between the old and or those recieving benefits and the young, healthy working aged population.

People are now dropping dead from acute lukemia.  Largely unrreported.

6-8 among some of the law enforcement that guarded roads to the plant.

8-12 people in a nearby town.

Soon, the nunbers may be hard to ignore.

Bicycle Repairman's picture

Given what has been ignored so far, I'm not sure.

Note to self: don't expect the media to protect me from state-crime.

Banjo's picture


Unfortunately your understanding of "socialism" is faith based not thought based. My guess is the amount of time you have actually spent thinking about various isims and the economy is minimal. Therefore you should remove the word thought and replace it with believe or start the sentence with "my understanding is"

Your belief system has been set and this is what you are sharing with us. It also explains why you have used such minimal dialog in explaining your position because it is faith based you know or assume that it will be accepted as fact by the majority.

Thank you for your insight and further proof of the non critical thinking masses.

Mr Pink's picture

They can get away with cutting welfare in Japan but they try that here and Whitey's gonna be dodging bullets

asteroids's picture

Right you are. How many of those 50million food stamp holder own guns eh? Imagine what would happen if that was cut off and they started to go hungry. In Greece/Spain/Portugal etc... those folks commit suicide. In the USA I bet a fair number would rather prefer to go hunting bankers and politicians....

Umh's picture

The "poor" won't be aiming that high. They will be shooting for the workers that they see just above them. Yes; that's sad, but I think it's what would happen. They aren't going to shoot their idols.

MSimon's picture

Let me get this straight. Trillions for bankers but not one red cent for the poor/elderly?

TotalCarp's picture

You just wait, this is comming to an amerikan town near you in i'd guess 5 years max. Why do you think they are trying to get you AR15s? Grandma, lock and fking load!

fonzannoon's picture

I don't know totalcarp. Why not keep the benefits for everyone. Wait till the currency crisis and blame a bunch of brown people in some far off land for hating us for our freedom and that is why a loaf of bread costs $20?

TotalCarp's picture

You may very well be right my friend. I do think that japan is worth watching very closely, i think they will serve as a creeping default guinea pigs for the western nations. Which is exactly why i think this is quite significant news.

Even look at the language of this. "comfortably poor"? Fk you bernanke, fk you geitner, fk you abe u fking homicidal maniac. Its so orwell its not even funny anymore.

fonzannoon's picture

The day our next President ClintonBidenBloombergCuomo says the words comfortably poor I will sell all the gold that I lost a while back.

TotalCarp's picture

Be careful with that, 10 years ago you wouldnt have believed a prez would have said "you didnt built that" to every small businessman in this land and still win the elections 2 months later!

Read up on the concept of overton window if you have time.. What one deems socially acceptable can be moved quite far in just a few short years. Especially with msm in full helpful swing.

fonzannoon's picture

Will absolutely check it out, thanks.

Montezuma's picture

Oh my Tlaloc...  Less Fox news and medicine adjustments for you.

Go back to basement, shine your guns and take your partisan shit with you and come back up when you understand better how the world works. People like you are the problem, you eat up bullshit Fox "news" tells you and you believe it because you want to believe it. Terrorists will blow up the nearest Wallmart right? Or are you one of the tin hat, inside job, lizard people, suicide pills?

Politicians are play toys as we move towards modern serfdom.

But if you are so into "politics" Ill leave you with one brain tease, which Democratic president has been more rightwing&conservative than Obama?  No matter what talking heads say, actions matter. Please tell me you dont actually believe political speeches?

He is socially liberal (as should every normal people who believe in personal freedom), but otherwise he is typical center right republican also called establishment (now days) just look at the actions and appointments.





RKDS's picture

Christ, people are still on that?  I know it's difficult, but try listening to the _entire_ sentence or paragraph and not just the tiny portion that lets you feel like a victim.  Oh boo hoo, I take all of these things for granted and mean old government sets rules in exchange for them, boo hoo hoo!

Panafrican Funktron Robot's picture

Kinda wondering what happens if Japanese people finally have enough.  Their tolerance for being fucked with is amazing.

Vlad Tepid's picture

What do you mean?  It looks like they have had enough.  They're finally unloading their welfare queens from the gravy train...when will the American people have had enough?  they seem to have a higher threshold for shenanigans and outright thievery in high and low places...

Umh's picture

Having an homgenous population does make a difference.

Ignorance is bliss's picture

You could pay $20 for a loaf of bread, or you could learn how to make bread.



Uber Vandal's picture

If bread is $20, and that may be on the "cheap" due to scale of economy and substandard ingredients such as saw dust if you are lucky, what would your own cost to produce a loaf of bread be when the cost of energy is factored in, or the ingredients are simply not available?


Gazooks's picture

Are you the Tyler's proof reader?


Very, if not totally, carpy post.


Apropos to Japanese diet, carp.


Eat more carp, comfortable poor.

10mm's picture

I was thinking more by this spring,summer latest.

Freddie's picture

Tyler aka The Tylers really have a thing for this picture.  LOL!  Hilarious.  Keep using it.  This poor sap needs a the IPhone app called iFront-Running. 

It allows Apple and iPhony owners to front run the markets and engage in high frequency trading (HFT) like Apple does offshore.  Using the iFront-Running app - this homeless man will have a Park Avenue apartment in no time.

NoDebt's picture

I'm shocked.  Shocked, I tell you!  Who would behave in such a disreputable manner, even if it was in their own financial best interest?

Apparently only the Japanese.  Certainly that would never happen here in the land of Rugged Individualism and upstanding moral character.


Rainman's picture

Commiefornia already holds one third of the USSA's welfare recipients. A few hundred thousand Japanese welfare immigrants would make no difference.


caconhma's picture

Amerika becomes a 3rd-world country.

Are all these 4,500,000+ welfare receipients in Californian living in $1,000,0000+ houses or just a few hundred thousands?


caconhma's picture

This shit will not last long. Very few people left to feed all this army of consuming parasites.

There are almost no incentives in America to work hard and be honest. This is why America at wars. Amerika needs colonies to feed and supply it with goods. Like NAZI and Soviet before them, Amerika is overextended. CIA created Al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood are running out of control.

Printing US$ is only last US successful industry. Going to wars with conventional weaponry, Amerika cannot do it anymore. Libya is as far as Amerika can go. Go nuclear? I don't think Amerika zionist elite is ready to go that far. Like NAZI before them, America is looking for wonder/miracle weapons. But there is nothing on a horizon for new breakthrough any time soon.

Finally, instabilities created by Amerika in the Middle East are very counterproductive to the Amerika welfare economy.


fuu's picture

Slash, slash, parry, and dodge.

francis_sawyer's picture

Granny's gonna have to sing for her catfood now...

duo's picture

granny's going to move in with you.

francis_sawyer's picture

lot's of 'shovel ready jobs' at the francis_sawyer estate... Join the fun!

Alpo for Granny's picture

Heavens no I will not sing for cat food. Dog food..well that's another story.

Louie the Dog's picture

Think again.  Most welfare skanks are in their 20s and 30s.  They'll be singing to granny for her leftovers.

unrulian's picture

lots of work out there for 20yo welfare skanks...i have a shovel ready project myself....

francis_sawyer's picture

I'm thinking that the '20 something' welfare skanks [to which you refer], are, in fact... GRANNIES before they become 30 somethings...

ebear's picture

They only look like grannies.   That's what crystal meth does to you.

francis_sawyer's picture

That & having babies when you're 14...

joego1's picture

Then push up inflation to boot. 

NeedleDickTheBugFucker's picture

Is that the same as comfortably numb?

cossack55's picture

I have numerous solutions to root out the "comfortably rich bankstas" and have them re-enter the human race.

jo6pac's picture

I'm poor and I'm not very comfy at all but yes dead uncle milton friedmans grand plan is coming to Amerika. I need a bigger garden.

Haole's picture

Lethal hilarity, one of my personal favorites...