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Japan immigration

Japan to draw up list of foreigner-friendly hospitals

Interpreters will help patients get better treatment

Medical interpreters will be made available at designated hospitals throughout Japan to assist patients who cannot speak Japanese, such as tourists.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With overseas visitors surpassing 30 million visitors in 2018 and expected to increase further in coming years, Japan is creating a list of hospitals with interpretation services for foreign patients to make treatment and billing procedures easier for all parties involved.

The government will designate hospitals across Japan where foreigners can receive multilingual services for mild illnesses and light injuries, while more severe cases will be directed to specific facilities in each prefecture.

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