Japan to allow foreign technical interns to provide home-visit care

Japan's health ministry has come up with a plan to address a serious shortage of caregivers. A panel of experts has broadly approved the recruitment of technical interns from overseas and people with specified skills to provide home-visit nursing care.

The new scheme allows workers to engage in home care after undergoing training. Employers will be required to draw up career plans and have a consultation system in place to help with any issues that arise.

The ministry plans to phase in the program within about three years.

The ratio of job openings to applicants in the field has been stubbornly high in recent years, at around 15 positions for each applicant.