• Hokkaido Shimbun

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Three municipalities, including Higashikawa in Hokkaido’s Kamikawa subprefecture, and nursing care providers in the prefecture’s north introduced in April a scholarship program for non-Japanese attending welfare services schools to encourage them to take up jobs at local nursing homes.

The move has raised hopes that a foreign workforce could become a solution to the region’s struggles with a labor shortage in the nursing care sector.

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