Japan set to recruit 10,000 Vietnamese carers in next two years to cope with worker shortage

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3,000 Vietnamese will be invited to come to Japan with government-supported financial assistance and language training to start with, with the rest of the 10,000 to arrive by 2020.

Japan had a shortage of 40,000 caregivers in 2015, according to data from their Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, but just 3,500 foreign caregivers arrived between 2008 and 2017 – this initiative will nearly double that number.

The two countries are expected to sign a memorandum of understanding later this year as part of the Japanese Government’s ‘Asia Health and Human Well-being Initiative’ which is aiming to export Japanese knowledge on nursing care and social welfare to other Asian societies.

Tokyo is also working to set similar targets with Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos. According to the Japan Times, some of the country’s 250,000 Filipino community also work in aged care.

With Fronditha Care the only provider here actively recruiting workers from overseas, should we be doing the same?

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