Jun 10, 2015

Higher Japanese proficiency urged for foreign nursing care interns

The Society for Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language asked the government Monday to toughen a Japanese-language proficiency requirement for foreign nursing care interns. The request came after an advisory panel for the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry lowered the requirement for foreigners before ...

Short-staffed hospitals laud Vietnam trainees

Dec 22, 2014

Short-staffed hospitals laud Vietnam trainees


Amid an acute labor shortage, well-trained nurses from several Asian countries are bringing favorable changes to hospitals here. “They gave us the power to tackle our sense of stagnation,” Sayaka Fujita, a 41-year-old nurse at Sodegaura Satsukidai Hospital in Sodegaura, Chiba Prefecture, said of ...

Oct 14, 2014

Ex-systems engineer arrested over doctors' data leak

Police on Tuesday arrested a former employee of a Tokyo medical recruitment agency on suspicion of illegally copying the personal data of around 17,000 doctors and nurses. Kengo Mikami, 36, is suspected of copying the confidential information on or around May 30, 2012, while ...

May 30, 2014

First Vietnamese nurse candidates to arrive in June

The Foreign Ministry said Friday that 138 Vietnamese candidates for nurse and caregiver jobs will arrive in Japan on June 6 under an economic partnership agreement. They will be the first candidates from the communist country accepted under the bilateral EPA that took effect ...

Nov 26, 2013

Ministry to push nursing robots to aid caregivers

The health ministry is launching a program to promote the use of nursing care robots to meet expected increases in demand in the face of Japan’s rapidly aging population. In 2025, Japan is forecast to need 2.4 million nursing care workers, up from 1.49 ...