Aso: “Poor People Shouldn’t Marry”


Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso has told the nation’s youth that they shouldn’t marry if they have no money, and that they can’t expect any respect from their partner if they have no money.

In remarks to a gathering of students, he had this to say about marriage at a (relatively) young age, in response to the question “Many young people can’t afford to get married, isn’t this contributing to the low birth rate?”:

“If you have no money it is best not to marry. I feel it’d be pretty hard to get any respect as a marriage partner if you have no income.”

Japanese demographers predict a population collapse if another generation puts off having children.

Aso is famous for putting his foot in his mouth unusually often even for one of Japan’s worthless politicians, but in this case his comments appear quite deliberate.

For a man who is supposed to be tackling the issue of Japan’s ongoing demographic collapse, his words certainly seem ill considered…

Via 47news.

Of course, no Japanese woman would ever marry a poor man so perhaps the issue is moot.

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    Comment by AsoNotSoSumaattodesu
    15:26 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I think his comment would have been more reasonable if he said something like, "Before one marries, one must make financial preparations, i.e. save up."

    Aso's remark was just plain stupid and offensive to those who are not materially well-off. I mean, just because a person is poor, doesn't mean they are not worth people's respect.

    It's just ridiculous how this Aso-baka is the PM of such a great country.

    Comment by gunzaku
    19:03 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    save up for what? the money will all go under the wife's control anyway...

    Comment by Busy
    19:13 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only if you are a stupid male without balls that allows her that. Guess what a marriage contract is for...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    As daz might have said:“Vicious, pre-nups aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.”

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:49 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    the japanese have gotten too materialistic...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    redundant to them japanese internets pools

    Comment by Yue
    15:39 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    good for him. seeing as he comes from a wealthy family. maybe he should start out a harem.

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    Comment by Vicious
    14:30 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    whats with all the woman bashing?

    you know theres something called a prenup. if you choose to leave the contract a free for all financial party. that was your option.
    whos the one carrying the child, and taking care of it?
    who the one that has to visit a doctor regularly.

    if you cant afford to take responsibility for that changes that you make to someone elses life. then who would be stupid enough to sign that marriage contract with you.

    Comment by daz
    18:32 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vicious, pre-nups aren't worth the paper they're printed on. The fantasy where you can have a contract that says "you leave with what you came with" is just that...a fantasy....a pre-nup like that can be defeated in a heartbeat. The only pre-nups that stand up are ones that give the poor partner (read: wife) a fair recompense for time put in....well what's the point of the prenup if you have to pay? The bottom line is that no one deserves to be paid merely for being in a relationship and that's what divorce settlement truly is....a form of the end of a marriage the man must now go and pay for the sex he had. It would be cheaper to get a hooker once a week (and more honest)

    And as for children, carrying and bearing them is the natural state for a woman...their bodies are specifically made to do this. Blame nature for their lot in life, having to bear children, but asking to be paid for something you were made to do is weak...what's next, you want to be paid to eat? And as for taking care of kids, why don't you compare youth crime statistics from now with those of say 100 years ago when men handled discipline in the home. If women call what they do in the home "taking care of the kids" then they're lying to themselves. What they're doing is taking care of themselves first and foremost.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:57 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Vicious, pre-nups aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on."

    True in the USA, Canada, etc.

    Maybe they work better in Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

    Comment by Barbarian of Gor
    13:49 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yep, that's what's happening to AmeriKKKa too... Stupid laws, PC ones written by modern women out to destroy all men. Lots of people plain "Can't Afford" to marry, or if they can, they don't want to lose their lifestyle in a culture where the woman can and will divorce them for most of the money and what they'll earn and they'd better keep on earning or they'll be jailed and humiliated and then put back to work with not a nickel to spare.

    So, people don't reproduce and the population starts to collapse and the old people who made the laws scream they want tax money to support them. They even punish the new young people by importing illegal immigrants to drive their wages down, but the illegals send all the tax money home and with lower wages, less taxes.

    Like I'm saying, people, seasteading... Make one, make a dozen, make a hundred... go outside AmeriKKKa's territorial reach and work with other seasteaders on forming confederated nation-tribes and getting UN registered so AmeriKKKa can't attack openly. The UN's worse, but more ineffective and lousy, the worst they can do is limit "Trade" with countries your raft is going to be across the world from. You'll be able to buy and sell from "Mid-Range" trips (cruise ships, merchant ships, yachts) going through your area with near impunity to the nature of trade and freedom from taxation.

    Wouldn't it be worth the effort, just so you can buy a woman from a "Human trafficking" operation or directly buy/grab one yourself since you don't have to go through customs? I'd like a cute, demure and obedient one to be a good bride and wife and I'd treat her nice, but breaking a feisty one could be a good source of an erection. It'd be an awesome BDSM fantasy made real seeing one of the uppity white bitches who seek to destroy all men being pirated from a cruise ship and given to the Samoan tribal adoptee. He'd be dunking her in water ala "Dawn Slave" or shocking her ala "Seek". "Are you a modern woman who seeks to destroy all men!?" - that'd sound cool in a Samoan accent!

    And as long as they weren't treated unfairly, I think the cute brown girls would love her being broken... It's pretty likely one of them will remember her mother's face being nearly punched in when her father had to crawl and beg to keep his horrible low paying job as a waiter/cleaner, etc. when some white woman complained about him because he couldn't follow her English fast enough. Now, I won't be "Racist" just a misogynist sado pervert who's "Equal Opportunity"; It'd also be beyond sexy to see a young latina with nice oiled brown skin being put through some discomfort that doesn't kill or maim her but has her struggling and hollering for hours, like tying her spread eagled upright and using electricity, or having her sit on a wooden horse, etc...

    But, of course, that's only if she's a bitch who seeks to destroy men. A cute demure one gets cuddled and loved! For my Hentai I still have trouble with "Dragon Pink" because the catgirl Pink is cute and demure, but she gets abused. Ditto for Dawn Slave though it's awesome art, because the rather ample cowish "Princess" doesn't need or deserve any pain. On the other hand "Seek" is awesome!!!

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    Comment by chie
    13:42 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    MasterInfamous said:

    Meet the future empress and master, Aiko.

    Aiko, What an ugly korean you are. Return your home with Princess Masako.

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    Comment by Lazydabear
    18:06 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I guess some people really have a goal to strive for perfection to do something to make a country work well by saying it.

    Comment by KHANblog
    17:50 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous said:
    He didn’t say poor people shouldn’t marry, he said young people who are poor shouldn’t marry. Theres a huge difference.

    But Japanese people marry when they're young.

    Comment by plmko
    17:48 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    He didn't say poor people shouldn't marry, he said young people who are poor shouldn't marry. Theres a huge difference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:59 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    People who are poor in spirit shouldn't marry either.

    But it is better to marry than burn.

    And it is better to have citizens who are ethnically loyal than immigrants.

    Comment by KHANblog
    17:22 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    chie said:

    Aiko, What an ugly korean you are. Return your home with Princess Masako.

    What the FACK boy.

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    Comment by Vampire Lord
    17:23 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If things go right we may expect the collapse, and then Japan paying us to marry and have children, and if they are not open to mixed races they will collapse anyway, so they'd better lemme have a japanese waifu (insert maniac laugh).

    Comment by hendra
    17:28 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    haahhh... so what..huh, its right for all people to get happinese. in this life u should to have a faith. believed, if u maried for the right thing(not for hurt u'r partner or othr thng)& have pure purpose on it. ull get the happines even with small income. just take gratefully of what u got & u will satisfied.

    Comment by BASHA
    11:45 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Considering how a majority of japan has ugly people, I'm going tohae to give a proper salute to this fine country of anime.


    Comment by KHANblog
    11:50 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    anime girls is ugly too.

    Comment by zeeohsix
    11:46 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    quite moot indeed.

    that's a place where they have or use definitions like freeter, NEET, or parasite single.

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    Comment by soup
    11:35 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vicious said:
    i is also addicted to a Aion Mmo o.o candy? I do not know thyself?

    does he talk like that? xD

    Nope.. Wrong person it seems.. ^^....

    Comment by KHANblog
    11:32 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous said:
    maybe Aso was rying to be sarcastic/

    Isn't he is already.

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    Comment by Philo
    05:34 25/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Isn't he is already."

    lol wut?

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    Comment by soup
    11:21 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vicious said:
    I blame the aliens, they want all the japanese women to themselves.

    >_>.. I was talking about sucha theory with a friend a few days ago..
    I doubt you are him because he is currently addicted to a MMO.. but seriously a part of me beginning to think he is you.. he writes like you as well.. >_>...

    Comment by KHANblog
    11:18 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Vicious said:

    I blame the aliens, they want all the japanese women to themselves.

    That loli future empress and master is still at the table available.

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    Comment by Vicious
    11:28 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    MasterInfamous said:

    That loli future empress and master is still at the table available.

    Future Empress....too bad i cant marry her xD. To become a Seed factory for a new Nation. To be Harvested by Lolis. Bwahahaha. or beautiful japanese women. propogate those good genes >D

    i is also addicted to a Aion Mmo o.o candy? I do not know thyself?

    does he talk like that? xD

    Comment by PunchMyballs
    11:30 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe Aso was rying to be sarcastic/

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    Comment by g0rth0r
    11:54 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now I'd just like to know what's the definition of 'not being poor" according to Japanese people...

    Comment by KHANblog
    11:57 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I’d like to know what’s the definition of just ‘poor” according to them. Better yet. Are there ANY poor people in Japan?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    over 60k in income = not poor

    Comment by Arachno
    13:08 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shouldn't this be common sense? If you don't have money and can't afford to take care of a wife or kids, then don't get married or have kids. Simple.

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    Comment by Vicious
    12:13 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dont drag america into this. ever since divorce becme non religious, non political.
    We can finally be as promiscious as ever. get married young make a few kids. divorce and then
    1. Marry a 20 yr old, repeat every 10 years with another 20 something
    till you're old. then marry your baby mama in the end. in order to pressure offspring to pay for you until you die.

    it's a gold mine. Women can do it too.
    We dont care about the money. Marriage = free pussy or free dick with moneys.
    We get married on mobile churches for gods sakes :P

    Comment by JustPassingThru
    11:58 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even without this news in SanCom, from how I see the upcoming elections in Japan from an international news channel (forgot if it was CNN, Bloomberg or something else), with Taro's speech on why should he voted... He and his party is bound to lose... His speech was damn lame in a political standpoint... >_>

    The opposition's speech wasn't that good either, but certainly better than Taro's...

    In both, platforms are just lacking... >_<

    If they can't get politicians who could actually do politics, they're economy would be going down the drain in no time... X_X

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    Comment by Vicious
    12:01 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    unless you own a company, are employed by a company, not an artist or any mumbo jumbo work like are poor.

    Even Loli's have thriving businesses
    love motels get to leech off the undersgae industry
    cell phone/telecom industry is booming.

    otherwise you are quite poor

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 24/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not as if he's saying anything controversial.
    She's just the one who has the courage to say what everyone's thinking.
    Every year thousands of young folk(I'll use this term although being one of them) Make the mistake of getting married before you're prepared: emotional, financial, etc. Hence why the divorce rate has skyrocketed. It's up to 54%..... in America.
    You shouldn't be in any hurry to get married, play around the field, gain a bit of experience, be certain that you're fine with the fact that you will get little to no time alone from your partner once you're married.
    I would agree with him, if you don't have the funds to support a family then don't get married.

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    Comment by Vicious
    05:48 25/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous said:
    how do you enjoy being poor? for that matter how do you buy condoms if your poor?

    it's called plastic bags tyvm.

    xDDDDDDD i made myself laugh....i hope people dont use plastic bags.
    but if i have thought it...then one of the 600 billion persons might have already done it. O_O

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 25/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Apparently Love doesn't exist in Japan... No wonder there suicide rate is so high. That's really sad.

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    Comment by ritchan
    21:21 25/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well duh. That's just common sense.

    Comment by KHANblog
    05:30 25/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous said:
    too many ugly/stupid/mean/crazy/sick people reproducing, I’d rather live in a world with small population, more stuff to go around, I’d say IQ tests for everyone, score below 100 and die a painless death.

    you're a retard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:44 25/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    And you're just rude lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:03 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't think him saying that is a problem since japanese women won't marry a man that isn't rich anyway.

    Comment by Busy
    04:08 26/08/2009 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you are poor you don't even have money to marry. If you have enaugh money to afford a marriage you aren't poor.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:20 10/02/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL is he a north-korean agent?
    i'm not happy japan has this kind of person in the drivers seat, but the situation here (croatia) is at least a bit more bearable now i know we're not the only ones having idiots in office... and here, the government's latest genocidal plan (floating down the river with a bullet in the back is now outdatad) involves keeping nuclear waste in middle of the capital! duh!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 23/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    He likely means this in as well a sense as he can. When he means marriage he's likely talking about having kids. The financial pros of marriage are obvious, but often the poor have statistically been known to foster more children than they can care for (the rich have fewer, generally speaking). Of course I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt, and assuming he's not a "ONLY THE RiCH SHOULD ENJOY MARRIAGE OR ANY SORT OF SEX ELL OH ELL"

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:05 23/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    And also, it's easy to rap on him for sounding like an asshole, but think about it from a personal perspective. If you can't provide for the one you love and protect them.. I know personally that's at the very least, a very hard decision to make, knowing that I won't be able to keep her or any potential children stable.

    Then again, inb4 OMG TRULOVE ALWAYS FINDS A WAY, which, in certain ways I guess, is kinda true, but it also kinda isn't :/

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:04 06/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    No wonder the world is so fucked up now. just because you have some assholes like Taro aso in position of power.

    Dumb idiots like him telling others who's worthless and who's not, does not deserve to be in position of power.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:52 19/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is very true in most parts (not all parts) of the united states and the UK

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:49 11/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Everybody grab a weapon and kill as many people as you can!!!

    Lets end the world tonight!!!

    (i am poor and lonely lets bring a sense of equality to the world for my years of fail)

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