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25 Hospitals Turn Down Man in Japan; He Dies at 26th

A 75-year-old Japanese man died after 25 hospitals in the Tokyo area refused to admit him to their emergency rooms, citing lack of beds or doctors to treat him.

The man, who lived alone in a city north of Tokyo, called an ambulance after suffering breathing problems at his home in January. In a two-hour span the responding paramedics called 25 hospitals, several of them more than once, but they all said the same thing: They did not have enough doctors to treat him or free beds, according to the Agence France-Presse.

Eventually, emergency medical technicians drove the man 20 minutes to a neighboring district, Ibaraki prefecture, but the man was pronounced dead shortly after arriving. The cause of death has not been made public.

One of the paramedics told Jiji Press that they never saw “a patient being rejected so many times.”

An official said emergency room capacity is a growing issue in the city of Kuki, where the man lived. Hospitals have been asked to hire more doctors and to put in more beds to help fix the issue.

Public healthcare in Japan is heavily subsidized and generally of a high global standard, the Agence France-Presse reports.
However, the population is living longer, and fewer young people are entering the workforce, so people in the healthcare field could continue to become strained in the coming decades.

Restaurant Fines Customers in Japan Who Don’t Finish Dish

A restaurant in Japan has an unusual policy about not cleaning your plate when eating its signature dish of rice topped with salmon roe: Customers must pay a fine.

The menu at Hachikyo, a seafood restaurant in Sapporo, clearly states that failure to finish its “tsukko meshi” will result in a fine that goes directly to the fisherman who made the meal possible. Because working conditions are dangerous for the fishermen, customers must consume the entire bowl of tsukko meshi without leaving a single grain behind, the menu states.

Midori Yokoyama, a food blogger at the Japanese site Gold Rush, reviewed his experience at Hachikyo.

“According to the explanation in the menu, the working conditions for fishermen are harsh and so dangerous that it’s not unknown for lives to be lost,” Yokoyama wrote. “To show our gratitude and appreciation for the food they provide, it is forbidden to leave even one grain of rice in your bowl. Customers who do not finish their tsukko meshi must give a donation.”

There is no word on how much the fine is.

The restaurant also reportedly penalizes overeager customers.

“While you are waiting for the salmon roe to be piled on, it is another rule that you cannot touch your rice,” Yokoyama wrote. “If you push down your rice or start eating it, your tsukko meshi will be revoked!”

A Hachikyo waitress told Yokoyama that “hardly anyone leaves their tsukko meshi unfinished.”

Tsukko meshi, sometimes called “rubies of the sea” for its red color, costs 1,890 yen, or about $20. Yokoyama said it is well worth it.

“The first overflowing spoonful had very little rice in it, and as the eggs burst into salty deliciousness in my mouth, I really felt the luxuriousness of the meal,” he wrote in his review. “The roe already has soy sauce mixed in it, so you can eat it without adding any additional sauce and the flavor is great. One taste and you’ll want to gobble it all up.

The restaurant owner says that the unusual concept has proven popular enough to allow him to open a second location in Tokyo this coming April.

Another establishment in Saudi Arabia also reportedly charges diners for leaving food on their plates. Marmar Restaurant in Dammam, the capital of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, is taking a stand against leftovers to reduce food wastage, according to GulfNews.com.

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Poll: Majority of Americans Support Spending Cuts, but not for Military

Most Americans support the idea of cutting federal spending across the board, but insist defense programs be kept off limits when trimming the government’s budget, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll.

The survey of 1,017 conducted nationally Feb. 27 to March 3 found that 61 percent of respondents support a 5 percent, across-the-board spending reduction in domestic programs, but 60 percent oppose an 8 percent reduction in military spending.

The two reductions approximate the automatic spending cuts that began Saturday in domestic and defense programs brought on by the sequester, which encompasses $1.2 trillion of spending cuts over the next 10 years.

Among Republicans, the survey shows that 76 percent of respondents support the domestic cuts, while 73 percent oppose the military spending reductions. Among Democrats, 57 percent said they were supportive of slashing domestic programs and 48 percent said they were against cutting military spending.

Among those who identified themselves as Independents, 60 percent said they favored domestic cuts, while 63 percent said they were opposed to the military cutbacks.

“In short: the American public likes the idea of cutting federal spending. What they don’t like are actual cuts in federal spending,” Post reporter Jon Cohen wrote in analyzing The Washington Post/ABC News poll.

That attitude made the sequester inevitable, he says. “Without any clear signal from the public of how, specifically, it wants the cuts to happen, politicians did the easy thing: they let an across-the-board cut go into effect without having to vote (read: explain) on it.”

 

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