Elderly must hurry up and die: Minister

2013-01-22 12:09

Cape Town – Japan's finance minister said on Monday that  elderly citizens were draining the country's finances and that the only way to solve "the problem" would be to for the elderly to forgo medical treatment and "hurry up and die", said a report.

"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," Minister Taro Aso is reported by The Guardian as having 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."

According to the report, Aso, who is 72 years old, said he had instructed his family not to authorise any life-prolonging treatment. "I don't need that kind of care." 

The report said the minister later attempted to clarify his comments, saying his comments had been "inappropriate" in a public forum and insisted he was talking only about his personal preference.

Almost a quarter of Japan's 128 million citizens are aged over 60 with the proportion forecast to rise to 40% over the next 50 years.


  • Crracker - 2013-01-22 12:15

    Kamikaze mentality still alive and well? Sick! - 2013-01-22 12:26

      It certainly looks like they've got there own Juju as well.

      john.silver.3572846 - 2013-01-22 13:16

      totally rational. keeping people on expensive heart lung machines instead of letting them slip off the edge is expensive and serves no purpose.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2013-01-22 12:18

    Hmm, must have been in contact with Thabo Mbeki

  • napolita.kio - 2013-01-22 12:42

    Hahahaaaa.......only if people were always allowed (by society) to talk freely :)

  • ModernMetaphysicist - 2013-01-22 12:45

    wtf is this guy thinking, horrible thing to say to your people

  • Antonie - 2013-01-22 12:49

    Economically it makes sense, but we still have morals don't we

      napolita.kio - 2013-01-22 13:03

      People need to understand that economics does not and cannot override every decision in life. Economics is just but one of many things to consider as we meander our way through the maze called life.

      dee.980 - 2013-01-22 13:23

      Conversely, I've seen all too often the economic motivation inherent in keeping people alive by extraordinary means until their medical insurance and personal finances are bankrupted .... with dire consequences to the remaining family. There is also certainly a case for assisted suicide to be legalised - and change of (?Americanised) mindset of being entitled to live forever. (And I'm at the mature stage of life where my own mortality is real to me - so in this, I don't theorise about 'ok for other people').

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2013-01-22 12:56

    This guy's comments may sound sick, but I understand where it's coming from. A small group of taxpayers must support a growing ageing population. Not unlike here in SA, where the same situation occurs, but it's a small group of taxpayers who have to support a large group of unemployed and people on social benefits. Well, that's with the tax money left over after the president and his cronies have squandered gazillions on parties, overseas trips, vehicles and upgrades to their homes, not to mention the taxes that are simply stolen through corruption.

  • jonas.mbedzi - 2013-01-22 12:59

    U must hurry up 2 die dsts what u r paid 4,haya ndi manwe

  • gr8girl786 - 2013-01-22 13:00

    did someone make this idiot GOD ?

      dee.980 - 2013-01-22 13:25

      No - but too often don't we confer that status on medico's and life support contraptions and chemicals?

  • Lerato_Dee - 2013-01-22 13:05

    hehehehehe....hurry up old Japan people and die, you are financially disrupting china..people talk nonsense out there, where are your manners mara

  • VerquelineBotha - 2013-01-22 13:10

    how shocking...the old fart!

  • dave.kofang - 2013-01-22 13:10

    Those elders made Japan wht is today after it was flattened during WW2.He will get old one day.

      musaasaph.mashila - 2013-01-22 13:23

      He's 72, clearly u ddnt read the whole article.

      dee.980 - 2013-01-22 13:27

      Read the article - he is old: "According to the report, Aso, who is 72 years old, said he had instructed his family not to authorise any life-prolonging treatment. "I don't need that kind of care."

      laughton.martin - 2013-01-22 13:31

      clearly part of the 30% pass rate

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2013-01-22 13:32

      The Japanese are very practical people. I think their elderly would probably take up the challenge if my feel for Japanese culture is correct.

  • chad.joseph.925 - 2013-01-22 13:17

    Sick putz!

  • mick.puzone - 2013-01-22 13:21

    this is one way to say it, the other is to give beetroot and olive oil to HIV persons. the outcome is the same, get rid of the persons draining govt funds

  • nettie.potgieter.5 - 2013-01-22 13:27

    In some way he is correct. It is the quality of live that is important. Some times old people is kept alive for shelfish reasones. Please visit old age homes and see the suffering some old people have to bear.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-22 13:33

    poison the bloody dog

  • alistair.rooney - 2013-01-22 13:36

    Soylent Green anyone?

      terry.burne - 2013-01-22 14:32

      My thoughts exactly Alistair. In this country we should encourage some of our cabinet ministers to 'hurry up and die' as well, in order to limit the drain on the resources of the country. Actually, I am all for that idea!

  • jus.manning - 2013-01-22 13:45

    You spend your entire working life paying taxes, so you can have those benefits later on in life... you IDIOT!!! Sounds like the Japanese government aren't managing their finances very well either.

      jus.manning - 2013-01-22 13:47

      Although, the elderly people in parliament are welcome to drop over dead.. they cost the country more than the average old folk

  • zelda.dickson - 2013-01-22 13:52

    It applies to him as well. Not long though because he is old.

  • scorned - 2013-01-22 13:52

    WOW WTF!

  • christiana.vespucci - 2013-01-22 14:05

    While these old people, helped you take your baby steps. ( your grandparents/parents). And now, that they are old and frail, you want them to just die! They never had a chance to enjoy life, all because they were, nurturing, protecting and helping you become something in life. And you refuse to have them enjoy the last days/years. Just reminds me why I don't want to hav children ever! Ungrateful slime!

      flysouth - 2013-01-22 14:11

      Although this guy is already himself old at 72, it is amazing to me that the idea that those very taxpayers, now elderly and who have paid tax to support the state throughout their whole lives, should now be viewed as 'excess baggage'. It is the most cynical viewpoint possible. FFS! - the present generation would not be here or enjoying the benefits of living in a developed society, were it not for the previous ones.

  • peter.brown.940436 - 2013-01-22 14:23

    FO and die you yellow rat

  • wade.suster - 2013-01-22 14:25

    Uve got it all wrong! There should an IQ test. Score too low and you would be put down! I would much rather deal with some clever old people than deal with some of these stupid idiots..

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2013-01-22 15:09

    News24 you spelt his name incorrectly it should be Asole

  • fanakhumza - 2013-01-22 16:24

    Makes lots of sense, why waste money trying to keep alive someone who has served their purpose on earth, they must be let go..

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