Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Japanese Minister says Old Citizens cost too much!

Dear Global Action on Aging Friends,

The UK Guardian newspaper reports on Taro Aso, the new Japanese finance minister, who says that elder Japanese citizes are draining the country's finances (January 22, 2013).  He's quoted as saying, "The problem won't be solved unless you let them hurry up and die."  Aso also refers to people who receive end of life care as "tube" people who use up the country's resources.

The Japanese government recently reduced its welfare expenditure, a measure that will go into effect in April.  Japan is home to many old people, about 40% are over 65 years old.  (Many would consider this a success story for the nation.)  However, many elders live and die alone.

Is caring for elders a social obligation . . . or are older people excess human "baggage" for the society?  What do you think?  Please send in your comments.

Have a good day! 

Susanne Paul for Global Action on Aging

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