Japan: the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance invites the elderly to “die quickly”

Publié le : 30 January 2013

 According to the Australian Sydney Morning Herald, the Japanese Deputy Prime Minister who is also the Minister of Finance, Taro Aso, came out clearly in favour of euthanasia on Monday, 21 January. He told a meeting of the National Council on Social Security Reforms that "patients near the end of their life are only ‘tube people’ that should be allowed to ‘die quickly’ if they want to." He also said: "You cannot sleep well when you think it’s [the system keeping patients alive] all paid by the government. This won’t be solved unless you let them hurry up and die."             

The next day, "after this insult to millions of elderly voters – a quarter of Japan’s 120 million inhabitants are over 60" – Taro Aso "issued a statement retracting some of his remarks and admitting that they had been ‘inappropriate’," although really his personal opinion. In effect, "aged 72, he said that he had already written a letter to his family in which he refused any eventual treatment to keep him alive.

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