Japan: nursing sector to accept 60,000 foreign workers over next five years

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The Government says up to 47,550 foreign workers could enter the country in the first year, starting as early as April 2019, with up to 345,150 workers expected over five years to fill gaps in 14 sectors and nursing to be the main beneficiary.

A rapidly ageing population and low birth rate has left Japan’s labour market short of 586,400 workers and this is expected to grow to 1.45 million in five years.

As we covered here, the Japanese Government has already promised a new two-tier visa system for foreign workers, including nurses, with 10,000 carers to be recruited from Vietnam in the next two years alone.

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