Five Indonesian caregivers leave after passing qualification exam

Kyodo

Five out of the 35 Indonesians who passed Japan’s qualification examination in March to serve as care workers for the elderly and disabled have returned home, an increase from the initially announced two, the health ministry said Friday.

The newly added three Indonesians have also expressed hope to go back to Indonesia, despite their success in the exam, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

The ministry said it will examine why the Indonesians, who had arrived in Japan in 2008 under a bilateral economic partnership agreement, left Japan.

Among the 104 Indonesians who came to Japan in 2008 as candidate caregivers, 94 took the national test in January and 35 passed. A Philippine national also passed the exam.

It was the first time Indonesian and Filipino caregivers had taken the test to obtain a state-certified license, which allows them to renew their residency permits indefinitely.

After arriving in Japan, the foreign candidates are required to undergo at least three years of on-the-job training to be qualified as examinees and take the test in the fourth year.