Peter Schiff gets interviewed by AP, and the Japan Times quotes him.

Peter Schiff, chief executive of Euro Pacific Capital, a New York-based investment company, said the current accumulation of debt by the U.S. government is unsustainable.

“The more money the world lends to America today, the more money they’re going to have to lend tomorrow,” he said in a telephone interview.

“It’s a giant Ponzi scheme. Nobody is ever going to get their money back.”

Japan would be venturing into untested territory if it decided to reduce Treasury holdings.

via Thinking the unthinkable: Sell U.S. Treasuries | The Japan Times Online.

So….. reducing its Treasury holdings is “untested territory” and that’s of greater concern than “Nobody is ever going to get their money back?” I must be missing something!

(Update:) In case readers think Schiff is the only expert out there with this opinion, here’s another one, from Mike Shedlock: “The global financial system is bankrupt. There is no way loans that have been made can be paid back. That statement applies to the Eurozone, the US, the UK, China, Australia, Canada, and for that matter nearly everywhere one looks.”

And here’s some more fun facts and figures:

“The holdings translate to ¥1 million per Japanese taking this risk in shouldering U.S. debt, all without their fully being aware of it,” said Kenji Nakanishi, a lawmaker in Your Party, a new opposition party that made significant gains in the last election.

Nakanishi said that Japan shouldn’t sell all its holdings at once, but should reduce them by about ¥10 trillion each year, and earmark some of that money for recovery spending in the Tohoku region, which was devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.