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Japan's Line to launch telemedicine app on rising pandemic demand

Popular 80-million user social media platform to also offer payment service

Japanese social media platform Line plans to launch a telemedicine app combining treatment, prescriptions and payments. (Source photos by Nikkei)

TOKYO -- Japanese social media platform Line will this summer launch a telemedicine business to cater to growing demand amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The popular chat application has over 80 million users in Japan and with its new telemedicine-focused app patients will be able to consult doctors via video chat. Expecting more than 2,000 doctors to use it, Line is also looking to establish an accompanying payment system.

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