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#1 Hum

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 16:27

Over the past few years, Japan has faced an economic crisis tied with a seriously declining birth rate and an increased aging population.

Economic analyst Morinaga Takuro suggested a novel and rather unique solution to addressing the country’s problem: taxing handsome men.

This proposition of taxing handsome men will supposedly create a way for “homely” guys to find women, get married, and have babies.

Other than the “wealth gap,” Morinaga sees the “love gap” as a fundamental factor of Japan’s declining birthrate. Therefore, he concludes that if Japan were to tax the ikemen (handsome men) and reduce the taxes of not-so-handsome men, then maybe the country’s economy would be better in a year’s time.

The proposed handsome-men tax would includes doubling the taxes of those unlikely chaps who qualify and reducing the taxes by 10-20% for those who are not so handsome. As for the judging of whether someone is handsome or not, there will be a panel of randomly selected women to decide. :huh:

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:49

Why not just tax women who don't have children?

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 21:58

^ Maybe they would adopt.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 22:05

Thank god I don't live in country that has a law like that in effect, I'd be broke, they'd take every penny I earn
(Actually, this is no different than what my wife is currently doing.)

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 22:06

How on earth do you implement this? What criteria do you use?
One person's beauty is another person's ugly. It's entirely subjective.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 22:10

This is a suggestion --- not a Law yet.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 22:11

Why not just tax women who don't have children?


Because they have already enough problems like that. Japan does not have very good family oriented policies.
Working women in Japanese society are shunned when they have more than one child. the high cost of living and education does not help either.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 22:24

Makes more sense to raise everyone's taxes, then provide tax write-off for having a child(ren) and for being married.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 22:36

Hundreds of hot guys could soon become hobos, only able to make money by selling their bodies. LOL.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 23:47

Hundreds of hot guys could soon become hobos, only able to make money by selling their bodies. LOL.


We have that now in the USA.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 00:18

Hundreds of hot guys could soon become hobos, only able to make money by selling their bodies. LOL.


Sounds like a fun life to me. :p