Health care system needs a new diagnosis

National / Media | MEDIA MIX Jul 12, 2014

Health care system needs a new diagnosis

by Philip Brasor

In March 2007, the city of Yubari in Hokkaido became the first Japanese municipality to declare bankruptcy, letting loose a flood of media coverage characterized by expressions of sympathy for residents. Yubari's debt had reached ¥63 billion, the result, according to national press reports, ...

National Apr 13, 2013

Yubari posts 'debt clock' ticking off rehab

by Masaaki Kameda

The city of Yubari, Hokkaido, which declared bankruptcy in March 2007 with debts of ¥35.3 billion, has posted a clock on its website to show the real-time liability balance and amount it has repaid. The "debt clock" is the brainchild of Mayor Naomichi Suzuki in ...