Regional Gap in Young Children's Mortality Widening in Japan (News)
Tokyo, June 19 (Jiji Press)—The regional discrepancy in death rates of children aged less than 5 in Japan has been widening since around the year 2000, a study group of the National Center for Child Heath and Development has said in a report.
The group tracked young children's death rates in the 47 prefectures and differences between them, based on population statistics between 1899 and 2014.
It found out that the discrepancy between urban areas, which had a better medical services system, and the other areas grew for some time after the end of World War II in 1945.
In 1962, the discrepancy index stood at a high of 0.027, against zero indicating a state of no discrepancy, the group said.
The index declined later as the level of medical services improved nationwide after the 1961 introduction of the universal health insurance system covering all citizens.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]