Japan courts foreign nurses to care for elderly people

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A report in the British Medical Journal says Japan is planning to ease its strict immigration rules to allow more nurses into the country to care for its ageing population. The ruling Liberal Democratic party and its coalition partners approved a proposal last week by the Justice Ministry to change visa and residency regulations so that non-Japanese people can be employed in a wider variety of jobs. Under existing regulations, working visas are restricted mainly to people deemed to have “expertise” in the fields of academia, high technology and journalism. The Justice Ministry said that this should be expanded to include nurses who can provide care for elderly people, as well as workers in the fields of agriculture and fisheries. The government says that the shift is a reflection of globalisation and the greying of society. Japanese people have the longest lifespan in the world (83 years for women) and one of the lowest birth rates (1.39 children per woman), the population is ageing quickly. The BMJ report sa

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