Japan’s new finance minister, Taro Aso, is proclaiming that the elderly should get on with dying.
“Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die,” Aso is being quoted as saying.
He can speak for himself, but he is not speaking for me.
Our question is what about the seniors who don’t want to die?
Japan is an aging country with about 25 per cent of its population over the age of 60. It is estimated that Japanese seniors will increase by 40 per cent by the year 2063.
Aso has also renamed the elderly who can not feed themselves as “tube people”.
It is not surprising the finance minister’s comments are causing controversy not only in Japan but all over the world. It is further stated he has angered many Japanese doctors after stating “they lacked common sense,” as quoted by UK’s The Guardian.
I think these statements are very frightening. I believe in the sacredness of life at any age. I believe one of the paramount ways nations as well as families will be judged is based on how their elderly are cared for.
I certainly take offense at the term “tube people.”
That being said, I do believe in working out a living will for yourself and for your aging parents to let you know what they want for their living wills. Those are decisions made on an individual level.
If these comments are not disturbing enough, Aso is further quoted,
“I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being paid for by the government. The problem won’t be solved unless you let them hurry up and die.”
This quote is also recorded by The Guardian.
According to The Guardian that probably won’t be a problem for Aso since he is a reported to be a wealthy man who most likely will be able pay for his own private treatments.
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