Japan dealing with nursing shortage


  • Specializes in CCU, Geriatrics, Critical Care, Tele. Has 29 years experience.

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.

Full Story: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2008/08/08/Japan_dealing_with_nursing_shortage/UPI-57061218191064/

Specializes in LTC/SNF, Psychiatric, Pharmaceutical. Has 8 years experience.

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.


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Specializes in Geriatrics, ICU, OR, PACU. Has 21 years experience.

I wonder if we'll be seeing traveling nurses going to Japan--sign me up!!

Specializes in Critical Care, Psych. MED/Surg.,Peds. ER. Has 20 years experience.

Travelling Nurse to japan? Hmmmmm...


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Specializes in EC, IMU, LTAC.

Nippon ni kangofu de hatarakitai yo!

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