Some 417 foreigners from Indonesia and the Philippines were among 54,270 applicants who sat for the Japan nursing examination held nationwide on Sunday.
The number of foreigners taking the test has increased year by year to reach this year's record number, labor ministry officials said, according to Fuji TV.
The number of foreign recipients of the examination who pass has historically been low, but a labor ministry official said that this was often the result of difficult Japanese kanji characters being used, rather than any kind of knowledge gap between foreigners and Japanese.
The ministry decided to affix readings alongside difficult kanji characters for the 2012 exam in an effort to remedy this problem.
Results of the test will be announced March 26.© Japan Today