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Healthcare: The case of Japan

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  • Jun Inoue

    (Faculty of Comparative Culture, Otsuma Women's University, 2-7-1, Karakida, Tama-City, Tokyo, 206-8540, Japan)

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Japan requires all of the healthcare practitioners to be qualified by national examinations and to be fluent in Japanese. Consequently, the number of immigrant workers remains very low, although Japan is faced with staff shortage. Even under the special bilateral arrangement that allows nurses and certified care workers from Indonesia and Philippines to practice temporally, there are very few who passed the Japan's national examination: it is difficult for them to read technical terms written in Japanese, especially written in Chinese characters (Kanji). In care subsector, where wage is lower than physicians and nurses and qualifications/licenses are not necessarily required, the number of employed foreign-born residents is rapidly increased. Some local governments have started to support them to complete language and care-work courses. These facts show that language support is necessary if Japan considers that matching local staff demands is important for competitiveness. If Japan considers that development of inbound and outbound business leads to competitiveness, it is necessary for Japan to introduce systematic efforts to bring up foreign-born staffs, but language fluency requirement is not necessary in accepting foreign-born workers.

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  • Jun Inoue, 2013. "Healthcare: The case of Japan," Migration Letters, Transnational Press London, UK, vol. 10(2), pages 191-209, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:mig:journl:v:10:y:2013:i:2:p:191-209
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