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Japan cuts dole to ensure work pays better than welfare
Japan distinguishes itself from the other economically advanced countries by caring for the principle that people who work should have more stuff than people who go on the welfare rolls. The Kyodo News Service reports:
In the United States, a recent study in one state showed that to do better than taking advantage of all the services available to the nonworking, a family would have to earn about $65,000, far higher than the average wage. And in the UK, the mass circulation Sun today features a proud couple disdaining work, and glorying in all the nice stuff tghey have without lifting a finger to work:
The Japanese, like the Koreans, the Chinese, and other rising Asian economic powerhouses, still historically remember what real poverty and desperation are. They understand in their gut that survival requires effort, and that breaking this connection can be fatal. Of course, Japan has had several decades of comparative affluence (if not growth the last 2), so an entitlement culture is growing there. But the East Asian countries rooted in rice agriculture prize hard work, and it shows in their pace of economic development.
The productive part of the American economy understands the virtue of work. But there has been constructed over the past several decades a large subculture of takers, including many who see no particular virtue in work, and nothing wrong with being entitled to the sweat of others' brows. They have been told they are entitled. This is does not work out well in the long run.