Japan Official: Sick Old Folks Should 'Hurry Up and Die'
It would save the government a lot of money, says finance minister
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2013 11:50 AM CST
Updated Jan 26, 2013 1:08 PM CST
Taro Aso, finance minister of Japan.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

(Newser) – And the award for compassion showed by a politician when talking about a touchy issue goes to Japan finance minister Taro Aso. While addressing the heavy state costs of medical care for the elderly, he said:

  • "I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government. The problem won't be solved unless you let them hurry up and die."
  • He also referred to elderly people who can't feed themselves as "tube people."
The 72-year-old later tried to clarify that he was talking about his own personal preferences on end-of-life care, reports the Guardian. "It is important that you be able spend the final days of your life peacefully."

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Feb 5, 2013 11:54 PM CST
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Jan 28, 2013 10:56 AM CST
I don't agree with what he said, but if someone who is older wants to check out of this world, he should be able to have a physician help him. Screw this "it's up to God to determine when someone will die' crap. No, it's not up to God, and if I don't believe that "Christian" crap, then why should I have to live by it?
Jan 27, 2013 2:15 PM CST
Taro Asshole thinks he himself is in his 20s or something...