I think this is a quality of life issue similar to the recent story about the deaf twins in Belgium being euthanized.
Story from Japan Today, 1/22/13:
Finance Minister Taro Aso said Monday the elderly should be allowed
to “hurry up and die” instead of costing the government money for
life-prolonging medical care.
Aso, who also doubles as deputy prime minister, 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 being paid for 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
During the meeting, he reportedly referred to “tube people” when talking of patients who cannot feed themselves.
Read the whole story and reader comments: http://www.japantoday.com/category/politics/view/aso-says-elderly-should-be-allowed-to-hurry-up-and-die