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The town of Hirono, Fukushima Prefecture, whose only hospital is in crisis following the death last month of its sole full-time doctor, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to solicit donations from the public.

Hideo Takano, the 81-year-old director of the private hospital, died in a fire at his home on the hospital grounds on Dec. 30, leaving 100 inpatients in limbo.

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