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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Stay of caregivers, trainee nurses in Japan to be extended





Trainee nurses and caregivers from the Philippines still have a year to take qualification exam to stay in Japan.

This is after the Japanese government has decided to grant extensions of stay for trainee nurses and caregivers from Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam.

One year period as given to them for a change to take qualification exam to work and stay in Japan.
This applies to trainees who arrived in Japan in 2014 and 2015 but did not pass the exam.



Sine 2008, Japan has accepted more than 3,800 trainee nurses and caregivers from three countries. The passing rate for the nursing exam in 2015 fiscal year was 11 percent while 50.9 percent of caregivers.

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The Philippines and Japan has a Memorandum of Understanding for training and employment of candidate Filipino nurses and caregivers in Japanese health care facilities under the Japan–Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA).

Under the agreement, fully qualified nurses and certified caregivers, after passing the Japanese national licensure examination, shall have the option to stay for an unlimited period in Japan to practice their profession based on new and upgraded employment contracts with Japanese employers.

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For those who will not pass the licensure examination, Japan will allow 80 percent of them to stay for another year and retake the examination, provided they obtain a score of at least 100 or 50 percent of the passing score of 203.

Their host institutions should also be willing to allow them to extend their stay for another year.



Under the JPEPA, candidates are given a maximum of three opportunities to take the national nursing examination to be able to qualify as nurses in Japan.

Under the agreement, candidates arrive in Japan and take language lessons for six months and receive on-the-job training before taking the qualification exams.

If they fail to pass the exam within the designated periods, the candidates must return to their countries.

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