The health care debate in America has had an interesting item mentioned again and again in recent weeks — the Japanese health care system! Editorials and news reports have held up Japan as an example of good-quality health care.

While the background conditions in America and in Japan are perhaps too different to compare, Japan can be said to provide a very good, if not perfect, level of health care to its citizens. With the debate raging in the States and a new government in Japan, now is a good time to take stock of lingering problems.

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