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A group of lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito said Tuesday it has compiled a bill to promote prevention and treatment of strokes as well as the rehabilitation of patients.

The lawmakers, led by Hidehisa Otsuji, minister of health, labor and welfare from 2004 to 2005, aim to file the bill during the current Diet session running through June 22.

The bill calls for providing round-the-clock examinations using computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, giving clot-dissolving drugs to patients within one hour of their arrival at a hospital, and starting surgical treatment within two hours of arrival.

The bill requires the central government to work out a basic plan to establish organizations of patients, doctors and caregivers to promote the measures.

Otsuji said the bill would be the start of basic measures against strokes, which kill about 120,000 people a year in Japan.