Japan should let old 'hurry up and die', says finance minister Taro AsoSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:50
Japan should let old 'hurry up and die', says finance minister Taro Aso
January 22, 2013 12:00AM
JAPAN'S finance minister Taro Aso said the elderly should be allowed to "hurry up and die" instead of costing the government money for end-of-life medical care.
Aso, who also doubles as deputy prime minister, reportedly said during a meeting of the National Council on Social Security Reforms: "Heaven forbid if you are forced to live on when you want to die. You cannot sleep well when you think it's all paid by the government.
"This won't be solved unless you let them hurry up and die," he said.
"I don't need that kind of care. I will die quickly," he said adding he had left written instructions that his life is not artificially prolonged.
During the meeting, he reportedly referred to "tube people" when talking of patients who cannot feed themselves.