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“Hurry Up and Die”: Taro Aso’s Pro-Eugenics Philosophy

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[8]COMMENT: In FTR #813 [9], we noted the unabashedly pro-Hitler political philosophy of Japanese Minister Taro Aso, as well as similar views from other currently-serving Japanese officials.

Aso is not shy about expressing his pro-eugenics philosophy as well, urging the elderly to “Hurry Up and Die.”

In a Japanese manifestation of the Lebensporn concept, Aso is urging young people to have as many children as possible.

“Gaffe-Prone Aso Takes Aim at Young People Without Kids” [Agence France Presse]; Japan Times; 12/8/2014. [10]

After telling Japan’s growing ranks of elderly they should “hurry up and die,” Finance Minister Taro Aso has turned his well-oiled gaffe gun on “people who don’t give birth.”

The former prime minister said pensioners are not to blame for the spiraling social welfare costs of the rapidly aging society.

“There are many people who are creating the image that (increasing numbers of) elderly people is bad, but more problematic is people who don’t give birth,” Aso told an audience in Sapporo, local media reported Monday.

He was delivering a campaign speech ahead of next Sunday’s general election. . . .

. . . . In July last year he said Tokyo could learn from Nazi Germany when it comes to constitutional reform.

“Let Elderly People ‘Hurry Up and Die’ Says Japanese Minister” by Justin McCurry; The Guardian; 1/22/2013. [11]

Japan’s new government is barely a month old, and already one of its most senior members has insulted tens of millions of voters by suggesting that the elderly are an unnecessary drain on the country’s finances.

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. . . .