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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Death Panel Exists!

Posted by on Wed, Jan 23, 2013 at 2:40 PM

But it's in Japan...

Taro Aso, the finance minister, said on Monday that the elderly should be allowed to "hurry up and die" to relieve pressure on the state to pay for their medical care.

"Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die. I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government," he said during a meeting of the national council on social security reforms. "The problem won't be solved unless you let them hurry up and die."

Taro Aso calls old people who are unable to feed themselves "tube people."


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Matt the Engineer 1
Sounds good to me. I don't even want a death panel in my way when I'm tired of living. A 24hr forced waiting period would be good enough.
Posted by Matt the Engineer on January 23, 2013 at 2:51 PM · Report this
rob! 2
The Japanese as a people have a greater sense of social cohesion, social responsibility, and intergenerational responsibility (specifically, direct care of parents/grandparents). My impression is that they are also less hysterical about death (Buddhist influence) and far less narcissistic.

Still, it should surprise no one that some people in high places are infected with Western priorities. It will be interesting to see how Japan deals with the long-term consequences of the Fukushima disaster, for instance.
Posted by rob! on January 23, 2013 at 3:10 PM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 3
We are constantly told what we need to do to live longer. But that, too, is too expensive!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on January 23, 2013 at 3:28 PM · Report this
@2 - I have never read a sentence that started "the Japanese have/are" that didn't end in bullshit generalizing essentialism! Congrats for not bucking the trend

really you could insert any nationality or ethnic group in the above but Japan fans have that certain extra layer of batshit going on
Posted by eptified on January 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM · Report this
rob! 5
@4, it may not fit your preconceived notions, but it is nevertheless still common throughout much of Asia (not just Japan, though that's the subject of Charles's post) for younger generations to provide most of the care of the elderly directly, in their homes, and for there to be low utilization of government services relative to Europe and the Americas.

And in Asia, the caregiving responsibilities fall disproportionately and unfairly on women.

Do you see the difference between facts and fandom?
Posted by rob! on January 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 6
Children should not be responsible for caring for their parents.
Any parent who thinks otherwise should ask themselves why chose to have children. And they should think about the meaning of the word: "selfish"

Old people should not expect others to use all their resources to keep them alive past their expiration date. Death is inevitable. We don't need to hurry it, but we should not delay it either. People need to accept death and the reality of life and mortality. It will bring them peace; slowly perhaps, but ultimately.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 24, 2013 at 12:04 AM · Report this

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