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About half of local government heads think the national nursing-care insurance system introduced in April 2000 lacks measures for helping people with low incomes and for coordinating facilities, according to a survey conducted by Kyodo News and its associated newspapers.

The multiple-choice survey was conducted between November and December last year and sent by post to 3,293 heads of local governments. A total of 3,253, or 98.8 percent, responded.

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