Japan sees potential in Philippine skilled workers

On the 13 th of April 2019, a Japanese news report from NHK News announced that the government of Japan initiated its first specific skills test for special skills care workers in the University of Manila, Philippines. This specific skills test is aimed at assessing the aptitude and capability of prospective foreign care workers, in this case Philippine nationals, in the field of nursing and health care.


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The news report cited that Japan, through the Revised Immigration Control Act, is planning to provide residence status for specific skilled workers who are found to be competent in any one of the fourteen (14) industries with serious labor shortage. These industries are said to include the following, among others: nursing, construction, and agriculture. As reportedly stated by a high ranking official for a company that manages nursing homes in Mie Prefecture, Japan, “I am expecting a system of specific skills because the labor shortage in the field is serious…[translated from Japanese].


This is but one of the active measures implemented by the government of Japan in line with its recent change of immigration policies in order to address serious labor shortage issues. Just recently, Japan transformed the Immigration Bureau of the Justice Ministry into the Immigration Services Agency in order to implement and ensure compliance with its revised immigration policies.


With the severe lack of human resources in Japan, its government is visibly eager in taking effective steps to recruit skilled individuals from all over the globe in order to fill in the labor gaps in its society. Luckily, the Japanese government apparently have their eyes set on prospective individuals in the Philippines. This window of opportunity however appears to be limited due to technical skill requirements in specific industries not to mention the possible language and cultural barriers. But all hope is not lost since the government of Japan is said to expect approximately sixty thousand (60,000) foreign workers in the next five years.



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