Japanese Finance Minister said old people should hurry up and die.
Taro Aso, Minister of Finance, sparked controversy when he commented on the elderly creating a financial problem for Japan because of the amount the government spends on 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.”
“The problem won’t be solved unless you let them hurry up and die.”
Aso made the controversial comments during a meeting of the National Council on Social Security Reforms.
According to reports, 25 percent of Japan’s population is made up of people 60 years old and older. Japan’s life expectancy is ranked second in the world.
Aso later clarified that his comments were his own and not his office’s general opinion.
“I said what I personally believe, not what the end-of-life medical care system should be,” AFP reports.
“It is important that you can spend the final days of your life peacefully.”