Filipino Caregivers Highly in Demand Healthcare Workers in Japan

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The increasing population of elderly people in Japan is alarming. By 2016, an estimated 500,000 caregivers will be needed according to the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare in Japan. The Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Japan and Philippines that was completed in 2006 allows both countries to exchange 12,000 caregivers in the next couple of years. But it seems Japan needs more caregivers than what was being agreed.

Japan needs a huge labor force in the healthcare industry that is not known among the Japanese youth that is why they are now starting to look for possible caregiver candidates in Asia such as Philippines and Indonesia. Philippines has been deploying healthcare workers to this country under this EPA but since Japanese licensure exams become stringent in 2009, only 1 caregiver and 15 nurses have passed. Cultural differences and Japanese language are among the major hindrances for nurses and caregivers…

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