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Japan immigration

Health insurance in Japan to exclude family abroad

Upcoming bill seeks to rein in benefits as greater labor immigration looms

An emergency room doctor checks on a patient at a hospital in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Photo by Tsuyoshi Tamehiro)

TOKYO -- Overseas dependents of foreigners working in Japan would no longer be covered by medical insurance come 2020 under a legislative proposal that seeks to restrain ballooning health care costs.

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