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Speaking of bugs, the Japanese deputy Prime Minister seems to think that the elderly are bugs, of a sort.  In that they are irritants that are preventing growth, ie. the growth of the economy because so much money goes into keeping them alive.   This guy sounds like a right piece of work, even more so than the actual Prime Minister.    He said that saying `let them die` was just a personal opinion because if he was on life support or in bad need of medicine himself, he`d direct his family to turn off the switch on him, or not pay for his healthcare so he`d just die.      Hmmm.   Anyone in hospital deserves to be cared for for as long as possible.  Sending them home to their family (if they have any and many don`t) would not be any better.  It`s very sad to think of an old person being brought home and being left in bed or in a chair to do nothing all day but think about when they`re going to die.  It`s really hard to believe that Japan`s population is so old.    It`s such a vibrant country generally.   When I was there, I can`t say I noticed that many elderly.   But neither did I see lots of people pushing buggies around or  out walking with children which means that people really aren`t having that many babies.   On Saturdays of course, various mothers and babies/children used the playground, but really not that much.  Anyway, this guy Aso has made a lot of gaffs when making speeches, insulting not just old people but people with Alzheimers for example.    I think he was actually Prime Minister himself at one stage.   They really know how to pick them.


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