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Japan COVID crisis shows flaws in medical system: Nikkei and JCER

Research group urges tighter rein on hospitals and speedier drug authorization

Surges in COVID-19 cases have led to shortages of medical staff and hospital beds in some areas of Japan.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- With the fragility of Japan's health care system exposed by two years of combating the coronavirus, Nikkei and the Japan Center for Economic Research have crafted proposals to restructure the system, promote medical innovation and reform social security benefits.

The proposals, developed by a joint research group with input from outside experts, target those three areas in an effort to improve care and service during emergencies and in normal times.

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