Title: Let elderly people ‘hurry up and die’, says Japanese minister
Author: Justin McCurry
Date: 22 January 2013
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[...] 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.” [...]
To compound the insult, he referred to elderly patients who are no longer able to feed themselves as “tube people”. [...]
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Published: January 22nd, 2013 at 11:13 am ET