Japan has agreed to accept 92 nurses and 188 caregivers from the Philippines, the first group of Filipino health workers to get free language and skills training in Japan, Japanese and Philippine officials said Friday. Reydeluz Conferido of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment said 270 health workers will leave for Japan on Sunday for six months of language and skills training at various hospitals and care facilities in Japan, while the remaining 10 will leave later this month.
During the first six months, Conferido said the 280 candidates will learn the Japanese language and familiarize themselves with the Japanese hospital and care system. Thousands of Filipino job seekers applied online when news broke early this year that Japan needs nurses and caregivers to take care of its ageing population.
The 134 Japanese institutions and facilities that applied through the Japan International Corporation of Welfare Services, a semi-governmental organization, have agreed to provide free skills training to the 280 Filipino health workers.
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