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A Yale Professor Suggested Mass Suicide for Old People in Japan. What Did He Mean?

Yusuke Narita says he is mainly addressing a growing effort to revamp Japan’s age-based hierarchies. Still, he has pushed the country’s hottest button.

New York Times
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Motoko RichHikari Hida

By Motoko Rich and Hikari Hida

Reporting from Tokyo
Feb. 12, 2023Updated 11:17 a.m. ET

His pronouncements could hardly sound more drastic.

In interviews and public appearances, Yusuke Narita, an assistant professor of economics at Yale, has taken on the question of how to deal with the burdens of Japan’s rapidly aging society.

“I feel like the only solution is pretty clear,” he said during one online news program in late 2021. “In the end, isn’t it mass suicide and mass ‘seppuku’ of the elderly?” Seppuku is an act of ritual disembowelment that was a code among dishonored samurai in the 19th century.

Last year, when asked by a school-age boy to elaborate on his mass seppuku theories, Dr. Narita graphically described to a group of assembled students a scene from “Midsommar,” a 2019 horror film in which a Swedish cult sends one of its oldest members to commit suicide by jumping off a cliff.

“Whether that’s a good thing or not, that’s a more difficult question to answer,” Dr. Narita told the questioner as he assiduously scribbled notes. “So if you think that’s good, then maybe you can work hard toward creating a society like that.”

2023年2月12日 11:17(日本時間)更新



2021年末のあるネットニュース番組で、「唯一の解決策ははっきりしているように思う」と語った。"結局、高齢者の集団自殺、集団「切腹」ではないでしょうか?" 切腹とは、19世紀に不名誉な武士の間で掟とされていた割腹のことである。


"それが良いことかどうか、それはもっと難しい問題です "と、成田先生は熱心にメモを書きながら質問者に言った。「もし、それが良いと思うのなら、そういう社会を目指して頑張ればいいんじゃないでしょうか」。


Academic responds to ‘mass suicide’ outrage
Dr. Yusuke Narita says his suggestion that the elderly kill themselves was “taken out of context”
Yale University professor Yusuke Narita has retracted his claim that old people in Japan should commit mass suicide to solve the country’s problem of a rapidly aging society.

Narita suggested what he said was the “only solution” to the crisis during an appearance on a Japanese YouTube news show back in 2021. “In the end, isn’t it mass suicide and mass ‘seppuku’ of the elderly?” he said, referring to the practice of ritual disembowelment performed by dishonored samurai between the 17th and 19th centuries.

His comments went largely unnoticed until they surfaced online last month and were quoted in a New York Times article on Sunday. The Times revealed Narita’s long history of promoting suicide, including his suggestion to a group of students last year that people could simply throw themselves off cliffs, and an interview in which he said that “making [euthanasia] mandatory” will one day “come up in discussion.”

According to last year’s data, Japan had the highest senior population ratio in the world, with almost 30% of its people being over the age of 65. The country also has one of the lowest birth rates and the highest public debt in the developed world.
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The Times did not directly endorse Narita’s “solution,” but noted that his comments may open the door “to much-needed political conversations about pension reform and changes to social welfare,” and that a majority of the Japanese public supports legalizing voluntary euthanasia.

In the West, however, the damage was done. Spectator contributing editor Stephen Miller declared that the “American press is rapidly on their way to endorsing…euthanasia,” as hundreds of outraged comments piled up under a tweet by the Times promoting the story. Narita’s fellow academics and writers accused him of being “irresponsible” and inciting “hatred toward the vulnerable.”

In a response to the newspaper, Narita said that his words were “taken out of context,” and that he wasn’t talking about old people in general, being “primarily concerned with the phenomenon in Japan, where the same tycoons continue to dominate the worlds of politics, traditional industries, and media/entertainment/journalism for many years.”

Phrases such as “mass suicide” and “mass seppuku” were just “an abstract metaphor,” he insisted, adding that he already made a decision stop using such terms altogether last year.

In January, the Japanese government released data for the number of suicides in the country in 2022. It revealed that 21,584 people took their lives last year, which was 577 more than in 2021.

“The rise in men in their 40s through 60s, as well as pensioners or those who are unemployed, stands out,” a health ministry official said as he commented on the figures.
成田裕介博士、高齢者の自殺を示唆したのは "文脈から外れた "と発言





しかし、欧米では、ダメージは大きかった。Spectatorの寄稿者であるスティーブン・ミラー氏は、「アメリカの報道機関は急速に安楽死を支持する方向に向かっている」と宣言し、タイムズ紙がこの記事を宣伝するツイートの下に何百もの怒りのコメントが積み重なったのである。成田氏の仲間の学者や作家たちは、彼を「無責任だ」「"弱者への憎しみ "を煽っている」と非難した。




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