Japan dealing with nursing shortage

  1. TOKYO, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A group of 205 Indonesian caregivers and nurses became the first foreign group to arrive in Japan, which is facing a shortage of such workers.

    The workers will be allowed to take up jobs under a bilateral economic partnership agreement, Kyodo reported.

    Their arrival also marked Japan's acceptance of foreign workers in medical and nursing-care fields which are facing a big labor shortage, the report said. There is, however, concern among some Japanese that such a program may lead to lowering of working conditions for such professionals.

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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   Xbox Live Addict
    Nursing care, especially that of aging baby boomers, has long been an issue in Japan.

    In 1991, there was an animated film called "Roujin-Z" released, which was about a robotic hospital bed that provided nursing care to a frail-elderly man... and went haywire in response to the old man's wishes.
  4. by   NurseExec
    I wonder if we'll be seeing traveling nurses going to Japan--sign me up!!
  5. by   Fitline Champ
    Travelling Nurse to japan? Hmmmmm...
  6. by   PeachPie
    Nippon ni kangofu de hatarakitai yo!