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

(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
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