More Foreign Health Workers are Need in Japan Amid Global Pandemic

The Land of the Rising Sun is one of the most advanced and progressive countries across the globe. It highly commended for its technological innovations in various fields or areas such as in science, software development and medical facilities or equipments.


However, despite the tremendous popularity of Japanese firms and companies in terms of quality and efficiency, the country falls short of a stable workforce group which is necessary to ensure a long term growth and development in the country.


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The most apparent reason for Japan’s lack of labor supply is because of the continuous dwindling of its working age population brought about by the country’s aging population, low birth rate and vast decline in inward migration. In this regard, there are more and more senior citizens in the country that need special care and medical treatment.


In view of the corona virus outbreak that has brought serious problems in almost all countries all over the world, Japan is greatly in need of more care workers to help address the population’s medical needs amid this global pandemic.


As of April 1 last year, the Japanese government through its National legislature actually amended the immigration policies in the country that used to provide for stringent requirements on foreign nationals who aspire to work and reside in Japan.


One of the most notable changes in the New Immigration Control Act is the introduction of a new visa category known as the “Specified Skilled Worker” visa. Under this visa type, foreign care workers may come to Japan in order to work for a period of five years renewable for another term provided that they have considerable knowledge and experience in the field of care giving.


Furthermore, it is important for them to pass the industry specific exam and obtain at least an “N4” level in the Japanese language proficiency test so as to ensure that they have a conversational level in their Japanese language skills.


Reference: Specified Skilled Visa


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