Japan's need for Filipino health workers remains high

EIGHT batches into the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA), the demand for Filipino nurses and caregivers remain high, according to the Japanese Ambassador to Manila.

In his speech during the opening ceremony of the Preparatory Japanese Language Training for Candidate Nurses and Caregivers bound for Japan, Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa said the high number of Filipino candidate nurses and caregivers that could be deployed under the JPEPA shows that there is a continuing demand for health workers from the Philippines.

"I'm pretty happy to know that your group is the biggest batch since the beginning of this program under JPEPA. This simply shows the higher demand for Filipino nurses and care workers in the growing aging society of Japan," Ishikawa told the Filipino candidates.

Comprising the eight batch of candidate nurses and caregivers to Japan are 354 Filipino nurses and caregivers.

Now that they are considered as candidates, the program calls for them to undergo six months of preparatory training in the country.

They will then depart for Japan in June 2016 and undergo another six months of Japanese language training there.

According to Ishikawa, he is hopeful that many of the candidates will be able to pass the Japanese language training.

"Your proficiency in the language is essential for your work and life in Japan as well as your passing the national examination. I know Japanese is one of the most difficult languages to study in the world, but the more you master it, the better the quality of your life will be," said the Japanese envoy.

Ishikawa said that once the candidates pass the language training, they can already undertake on-the-job training at various hospitals in Japan.

The deployment of the Filipino nurses and caregivers is part of the JPEPA between the two countries signed in 2006. (Sunnex)

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