Foreign would-be caregivers being trained in Japan

A growing number of foreigners hoping to work as caregivers in Japan have been receiving training in the country after an easing of anti-coronavirus entry restrictions.

In August, Japan resumed allowing entry to such people from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines under economic partnership agreements.

Two-hundred-thirty-four trainees from the Philippines entered Japan last month, after their arrival had been delayed by about four months.

They underwent a required two-week quarantine upon arrival, and started Japanese-language and nursing-care lessons on November 8. They will continue such training through February.
The trainees will eventually work at care facilities across Japan for three years while preparing to take exams to become certified care workers.

Oliveros Gamila Lai Sohiong is a Filipino trainee who says she is happy to have finally come to Japan, after her entry was postponed due to the pandemic.

She said she wants to work as a caregiver in Japan for a long time, and eventually be joined by her daughter, who is now in the Philippines.

There have been concerns in Japan's nursing-care sector about anti-coronavirus entry restrictions on foreigners as the industry has been suffering from chronic labor shortages.

Earlier this month, Japan again began accepting entry applications from foreigners as technical interns and workers with specified vocational skills.