"Japan introduced an affordable health system in the 1960s to broaden access to acute care when tuberculosis was the nation’s top killer. Cancer and cardiovascular disease now are the most common causes of death. Those are more complicated to treat, so the system is overloaded with patients and the cost to the government is escalating."
Source:Long-living Japanese society needs better ‘quality of death’
BY KANOKO MATSUYAMA
July 30 2013