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The number of patients physically restrained at psychiatric hospitals more than doubled to 10,299 in fiscal 2013, compared with a decade earlier, data released Monday by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry show.

In addition to physical restraint, which often involves lashing a patient’s arms and legs to a bed using special belts, the number of patients who were locked alone in a room increased by about 30 percent to 9,883 in the year ending March 2014.

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