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Telemedicine gains no traction in Japan despite COVID surge

Doctors shun online visits on malpractice fears and paperwork involved, Nikkei finds

A doctor suits up in protective gear at a hospital in Tokyo. Japan this week extended its fourth coronavirus state of emergency.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Almost no doctors are seeing first-time patients online in Japan more than a year since the government greenlighted the option, Nikkei has learned, even as the health care system struggles to cope with the resurgence of coronavirus infections.

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