Japan does not want to take the silverware out

Would there be too many centenarians in Japan? No, of course, but the government feels they are a little too expensive. Let's explain: Every September 15, during Seniors Day, the state distributes sakazuki (silver sake cups) to all those who celebrated their 100th birthday in the year. A gift worth 8,000 yen, or about 60 euros.

If there were only 153 centenarians in the Empire of the Rising Sun in 1963, there are today 61 568. It starts to make expensive cups (1.93 million euros in 2014). As a result, after reducing the cup diameter by 1.27 centimeters in 2009, the government is studying new options to reduce sail. Like sending sakazuki a cheaper material, a completely different gift or be content with a simple letter of congratulations. The decision has not yet been recorded. But there are no small savings. Even for a country that displays the 2e largest GDP in the world after the United States ...

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