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Filipino health workers tout program offering careers in Japan

The Japan Times

MANILA – Filipino health workers training in Japan under an intergovernmental program are increasingly taking up the opportunity to learn about Japanese health care and practice their profession in the country. "I believe that if I'll be able to work in Japan, I will learn even more and grow professionally," Filipino nurse Angelito Custodio told Kyodo News. "The health care system in Japan is very good and the technology in Japan is very high." Custodio, a 25-year-old licensed nurse in the Philippines who has worked for more than three years at a hospital in Bulacan province just north of Manila, is part of the eighth group of Filipinos currently preparing to travel to Japan for training. His group consists of more than 60 nurses and 275 caregivers who began a six-month Japanese language and culture course in Manila late last year.


Hurdles cleared but disillusionment, homesickness prompt Filipino health workers to exit Japan

The Japan Times

MANILA – A number Filipino nurses and caregivers who seized the opportunity to train in Japan to work there have ended up returning to the Philippines, including some who passed the tough licensing exam. "The journey to becoming a nurse in Japan was indeed a mission impossible. . . . We were very tired physically, mentally and emotionally while studying to pass the board exam and working at the same time. All of us were pushed to study even on our rest day," a Filipino nurse who quit only a year after his deployment in 2011 said recently. The 33-year-old nurse, who requested anonymity so he could freely express his views, is among more than 1,200 Filipino nurses and caregivers who were accepted by Japan starting in 2009 under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement.


Hurdles cleared but disillusionment, homesickness prompt Filipino health workers to exit Japan

The Japan Times

MANILA – A number Filipino nurses and caregivers who seized the opportunity to train in Japan to work there have ended up returning to the Philippines, including some who passed the tough licensing exam. "The journey to becoming a nurse in Japan was indeed a mission impossible. . . . We were very tired physically, mentally and emotionally while studying to pass the board exam and working at the same time. All of us were pushed to study even on our rest day," a Filipino nurse who quit only a year after his deployment in 2011 said recently. The 33-year-old nurse, who requested anonymity so he could freely express his views, is among more than 1,200 Filipino nurses and caregivers who were accepted by Japan starting in 2009 under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement.


Hokkaido offers nursing scholarships to foreign workers amid labor shortage

The Japan Times

ASAHIKAWA, HOKKAIDO - Chen Wan-xuan, a student from Taiwan, raises a spoonful of salad to the mouth of an elderly resident at a nursing home in Asahikawa as she speaks quietly to him. "Please eat this slowly," the caregiver says in clear Japanese to the man, who is in his 90s. "It's delicious," he replies, breaking into a smile after chewing some finely sliced radish. Chen, 28, is one of a number of foreign students at municipalities in Hokkaido who will receive loan-based scholarships this spring of ¥2.5 million per year to work as caregivers in areas facing serious labor shortages. The initiative, a rarity in Japan, is aimed at attracting more foreign caregivers to areas outside major cities.


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The Japan Times

As the nation struggles with a shortage of workers and an aging population, this is the first in a four-part New Year's series examining Japan's immigration policy. Tokyo-based Ips Inc. is a telecom firm specializing in business targeting Japan's 250,000 Filipinos, the third-largest foreign community in the nation. Masako Uemori, one of its top executives, has keenly felt major changes in the business environment over the past 10 years. In 2006 the company launched a dispatch service that sends Filipino caregivers to day care centers for the elderly. At that time, few facilities were willing to use the firm's new service, Uemori recalled.