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The Abe administration said Monday it wants to slash hospital beds nationwide by more than 10 percent from the number in 2013 to 1.19 million in 2025, hoping it will curb ballooning medical costs as the population grows older.

The plan was included in a report on the desirable number of sickbeds, under the theory that too many can encourage elderly people to stay in hospitals when there is no need. As of 2013, Japan had about 1.35 million hospital beds.

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