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Outpatient visits to hospitals by children younger than 10 fell more than 20% in Japan in 2021 as parents feared economic repercussions.

COVID keeps kids in Japan away from doctors as families struggle

Children's medical visits fall 20% as parents opt not to skip work

AIKO MUNAKATA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Young children in Japan made 20% fewer doctor visits last year. Some experts credit widespread mask-wearing but others say many parents kept their children away from hospitals out of fear they would not be able to work if their kids contract the novel coronavirus.

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