Foreign nurse candidates to get 30% extra exam time


Indonesian and Philippine candidates will be given 30 percent more time to complete the national nursing examination, the health ministry said.

The test time will be 50 minutes longer than the current 160 minutes for each of the exam’s morning and afternoon rounds, the ministry said Wednesday.

In addition, hiragana will be printed alongside the kanji to make reading comprehension easier.

Both measures will be implemented for the exam next February.

The move is designed to ease the language difficulties experienced by candidates coming to Japan under a three-year trainee program based on bilateral economic partnership agreements with Indonesia and the Philippines.

During the program, the candidates work in hospitals or other medical facilities. If they pass the exam, they are allowed to continue working in Japan. The pass rate in fiscal 2011 was 11.3 percent.