This article briefly explores how Japan is experiencing the kind of crisis faced by much of the developed world that is a perfect storm of bad policies. Underfunded social programs meet xenophobia and resistance to robust immigration meet absurd approaches to crime.
Jailing the elderly because they’ve needed to steal food to survive might seem far removed, but here in Nova Scotia our Liberal government has tried to place higher burdens on the elderly through increased drug costs, reduced health support and no action on reducing poverty among our seniors.
“Japan, like the UK and the US, is crippled by its misperception of migration by young workers as a burden on the state, rather than a benefit to it. As the demographic crunch of a too-small cohort of young workers working to sustain the medically prolonged lives of their parents and grandparents makes young workers even more desperate (a situation that is made much worse by the unethical housing bubble that converts shelter from a human right to an asset whose “value” must be increased at all costs), they blame the young workers from abroad who “compete” with them, failing to see that these workers are needed to sustain a system designed on the premise that working generations will outnumber the retired.”