Far More Foreign Caregivers Pass Certification Exam in Japan
Tokyo, March 28 (Jiji Press)—Japan has seen a sharp increase in the number of caregivers accepted from other countries under economic partnership deals who have passed the national certification examination, the welfare ministry said Wednesday.
A total of 213 foreign caregivers passed the fiscal 2017 exam, more than double the previous year's 104.
Vietnamese accounted for 89 of the successful exam takers, the biggest national group.
Japan started accepting caregivers from the Southeast Asian country in fiscal 2014 under a bilateral economic partnership agreement.
At least three years' care work experience in Japan is required to take the test. So Vietnamese caregivers had the opportunity to take the exam for the first time.
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