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Japan's impending crisis: aging doctors treating aging patients

Nikkei's data analysis reveals trend set to become major issue in big cities

62-year-old Koichiro Okuyama, an orthopedic surgeon and director of a hospital in Akita, Japan, still goes into surgery two days a week.

TOKYO -- Japan, the world's most aged society, continues to move into uncharted territory as elderly doctors treating elderly patients becomes commonplace. The trend is set to become a major issue in cities facing shortages of doctors. Click here for a visual presentation about ro-ro-iryo, or aging doctors treating aging patients.

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