Japanese Academic Economist Suggests Beauty-Tax

Courtesy of Courrier International and Google Translate, I can share the completely insane idea of this Japanese academic economist: The idea is to tax beautiful people more than ugly people, in order to make them look more attractive to japanese women, and hence allow them to start a family and bring kids to a society that is shrinking.

Of course, only academics leaving in their economic dreamland and ivory tower can come up with such irrational and surreal ideas.

To begin with, I can say as irrational as the idea is, it is nonetheless insulting to women, degrading them to greedy people only interested in the bottom line of their husband...

The idea is so silly, I cannot believe I have to spend time debunking it...

  • Who would be in charge of deciding how "handsome" or "ugly" you are? Whoever will be given this role would receive such a massive power that it would only create a massive amount of corruption the Japanese society. 
  • Even if it were to be objectively decided who is handsome and who is not, this creates a massive incentive for people to make themselves look ugly in public, and on the contrary could achieve the exact opposite of the silly idea.
  • It's been time and again concluded that beyond a certain level, raising taxes only incentivizes people to hide their income. Only in economic dreamland can a tax rate of 80 or 90% be considered.
The Japanese government, after having completely destroyed the lives of 2 generations of Japanese people, and also having now made the whole planet a nuclear wasteland should just Harakiri and leave the japanese people and the world population alone.
Takuro MORINAGA This is sort of single men in four categories - beautiful kids, normal, moderately ugly and the ugly - and increase of 100% tax rate applicable to the fine, which would double their tax income. The moderately ugly, however, benefit from a reduction of 10% and 20% of ugly. Currently, the income tax is a progressive tax rates that increase with six depending on the income bracket: 5%, 10%, 20%, 23%, 33% and 40%.In the case of a hunk enjoying comfortable incomes located in the top, the tax rate would be 80%. If we add local taxes, which levy 10%, a handsome and rich would leave in addition 90% of its income in taxes.  
How do you think this can it be used to check the increase in the number of single people in our country and the phenomenon of marriage later and later? What shocked me the most during the last census [in 2010], is to see that almost 50% of Japanese men aged 30 to 35 were still single. Why is that? The system of lifetime employment collapsed in our country [since the bursting of the bubble economy in the early 1990s] and the practice of marriage for life, which was supported by the latter collapsed in his tower. In the past, neighbors who interfere with all or the wife of a superior is spontaneously offered to play matchmaker for young men, even for those with unattractive. These were "enquiquineuses" handing opportunities for meetings by holding out with young people. At the time, they could afford to move young women of marriageable age in the following argument: "Although it is not very attractive, he works in a good company. With it, you'll be alone all your life! "But today, with the end of the system of lifetime employment, work and income are based on merit. In addition, we are currently witnessing the bankruptcy of the national pension system. Now, only a handful of men have both the job security, income stability and stability of the old days, once that compensated the lack of physical attractiveness. These matchmakers around us, no matter how well intentioned they may no longer play their role in being sure of their making.  
Women unable to judge men in a long term perspective, they focus on those that they like the first glance.Hence the emergence of ikemen [equivalent of "pretty boy", ikemen is a neologism formed from Iketeru, "cool, attractive", and English men, men]. It's terrible! Today, the fact that so handsome with two or three women at once no longer shocks anyone, whereas previously it would have been accused of being a runner and double game play! Currently, in Japan and the United States, the economic gap between the 1% of winners and losers of 99% is problematic, but there is a much greater disparity between men based on their ability to seduce women. I believe money alone can reduce this gap. Based on the results of a survey on the structure of employment, a think tank has calculated the number of married men in the 25-30 years depending on income levels. It showed that over 70% of men with annual incomes of more than 10 million yen [about 95 000 euros] were married. However, the more income fell, the number of marriages decreased and, as we approach the one million yen [9,500 euros], only one in six men were married. I asked the following question to my students at Dokkyo University [in the suburbs of Tokyo]: "Between a handsome rich poor and ugly, which would you choose for a husband?" To my surprise, the two options have won the same number of votes. 

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