Filipino health workers training in Japan under an intergovernmental program are increasingly taking up the opportunity to learn about Japanese health care and practice their profession in the country.

"I believe that if I'll be able to work in Japan, I will learn even more and grow professionally," Filipino nurse Angelito Custodio told Kyodo News. "The health care system in Japan is very good and the technology in Japan is very high."

Custodio, a 25-year-old licensed nurse in the Philippines who has worked for more than three years at a hospital in Bulacan province just north of Manila, is part of the eighth group of Filipinos currently preparing to travel to Japan for training.