Japan has number of abandoned or vacant homes, known as "Akiya - 空き家", that has been increasing steadily since late 1970s. It’s a problem that’s set to persist because of an aging and shrinking population that has left many towns and villages empty.
By 2013, vacant homes accounted for 13.52% of total housing and there were calculated to be 8.196 million abandoned houses nationwide, according to latest data by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
In an effort to promote Japan’s medical services to foreigners and encourage more medical tourism, Medical Excellence Japan "MEJ" released a list of hospitals in the country that are recommended for non-Japanese patients.
Medical Excellence Japan, a government-affiliated foundation promoting the export of Japan’s medical services and equipment, basically selected 28 hospitals, based on such criteria as the facility's number of specialists and their past experience treating foreign visitors.