Written by Al Jazeera
In the wake of the uprising of old people in Japan, Japan Incorporated is now faced with coming up with an effective solution for their newfound social welfare problem.
As the Japan Incorporated committee of 1990 reconvened this Friday evening, they were faced with the uprising of the AARP: Aging Adults, Raging Protests, leading to a large debate among the committee on the topic of keeping social services a government-run institution or allowing it to be taken over by the private sector. Currently, old people in Japan are purposely committing crimes as bad as murder and terrorizing the prime minister simply because they want to go to jail so they can enjoy social services such as healthcare and welfare.
The proposed solution for this issue was an established partnership between the private and public sectors. In her speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that this was the best solution because the private sector currently has funding that the government sector does not have and therefore can handle this crisis more effectively. This sentiment was echoed by other members of the committee. As stated by the Minister of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, “we need to incentivize private companies to take on that burden”, a commonly agreed sentiment among the business CEO’s present.
However, some members of the government disagreed with this proposal and fought for social services to continue to be a government-controlled institution with proposed fixes. In his speech, the Chair of the Liberal Democratic Party stated that the privatization of social services would give way to kill them even further and that the body must focus on rebuilding their own internal structure and finding the root to this problem, rather than looking to the private sector as a solution, while passing short-term solutions in the meantime. Other delegates in this committee agreed with this sentiment, bringing up cost-cutting solutions such as creating old-folks home rather than paying bills and stopping their spending on an individual basis.
This crisis is a reflection of the huge funding problem by the Japanese government to the social sector. As reported in the crisis update, because healthcare and pension plans are so hard to come by presently, old people are now waiting months at a time to receive these services. These old people are now resorting to being taken care of by their families, who may not necessarily have the resources to help them. However, as seen through the speeches given by several members of the cabinet, the government does not have the funds to sustain giving social service benefits to the aged population of Japan.
This committee is now faced with a unique problem: do they keep this institution of social services, something Japan was once renowned for, within the government or do they leave them in the hands of the private sector?