Medicine: Doc Strike

In Japan, garagemen charge 22¢ to repair a punctured tire, while doctors get 15¢ for a medical checkup. Feeling understandably misused, the Japanese Medical Association last week called its members out on two 24-hour strikes and announced that Japan's 70,000 doctors would strike—and demonstrate—every Sunday until they get a 30% raise in fees.

The striking doctors were careful not to leave Japan completely undoctored. Stand-by staffs were detailed to treat emergency cases in hospitals—but getting to the hospital was a problem. Firemen in Tokyo pressed 114 red fire engines into part-time duty...

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