Thirty-six caregiver candidates from Indonesia and the Philippines passed the national care worker exam in January, becoming the first applicants to pass Japan’s qualification exam among hundreds of recruits under economic partnership agreements, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said Wednesday.

The pass rate was 37.9 percent, while that of Japanese applicants was 63.9 percent, the ministry said. A total of 94 Indonesians and one Filipino took the test. The 36 successful candidates can now stay in Japan indefinitely.

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