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LDP group proposes barring medical bill shirkers from entering Japan

TOKYO -- Any foreign national deemed a risk for skipping out on medical bills incurred in Japan should be refused entry to the country, a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) project team has proposed, according to party officials.

    The move comes in response to a growing number of inbound tourists who leave Japan without paying for medical services they received during their stays in Japan.

    Under the proposal, the government would ask prospective visitors online to take out private medical insurance policies. The party also urged the government to boost credit card acceptance at medical institutions.

    The government would also gather information on foreign nationals who left Japan without paying their medical bills. If such foreigners came to Japan again, they would be denied entry under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act.

    (Japanese original by Go Kumagai, Medical Welfare News Department)

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