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Japan's health sector continues to lure Filipinos workers 10 years on

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Good for them.

There should be no lessening of standards for learning the Japanese language for these nurses. We're not talking staffing Lawson's markets, we're talking about critical care and life and death.

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Good for them.

There should be no lessening of standards for learning the Japanese language for these nurses. We're not talking staffing Lawson's markets, we're talking about critical care and life and death.

Sure, and then the good nurses that got to learn the language and the skills cannot keep the job because, you know, they are not Japanese so they must return to their countries after 5 years here.

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And, of the 340 odd applicants 80% of them will fail the Japanese language test.

I can understand the attraction for Filipinos coming to work in Japan, but their dreams are quickly shattered when they realize they will be working like slaves for minimum wage and being taxed nearly 50% of their salaries with health insurance, unemployment insurance, city tax, sales tax and that pyramid scam they call a pension. Perhaps it is better than what they can get at home, but it is far from an attractive offer.

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Most westerners which I can say is a good 95% leave Japan after they found out how strict and complicated life is there.

The very few that stays do it because they got marry there.

And about these filipino laides that will come here I hope that they can get the same respect,rights.salary and dignity that the Japanese will get,though I highly doubt it.

Also we’re talking about a very small number of applicants,less than 400?

It’s nothing compared to the needs of a quick aging population like Japan.

This seems a flop,like the flop that the new visa system is.

And these are official numbers,can’t argue against them.

Truth is that Japan is little attractive as a living place,still great to visit as a tourist.

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Perhaps it is better than what they can get at home, but it is far from an attractive offer."

and yet they come and so do you. Why? Because Japan is the best country bar none

They come because Japan is a good second choice if they can,t get to US, Canada, Australia etc ...which compared to Japan offer double the salary , easy path to long term / permanent visa and and a way more open, less racist multi cultural societies...Japan is taking baby steps towards improvement but its still way behind as a preffered destination.

As for the majority of gaijin dudes commenting on JT, they are here for the great food, booze and J ladies, who surprise surprise find us way more attractive ( charisma man factor and all ) than burnt out salarymen and bitter oyajis...lol.

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So they earn six times as much as if they were working back home? It's not as if the wages in Japan are that high in the first place.

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and yet they come and so do you. Why? Because Japan is the best country bar none

Yeah, they come! All 340 of them from a country with a population of over 100 million people. Obviously you have no idea how many Filipinos emmegrate to other countries aevery year.

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Disillusioned, no not all 340 will come. There are 341 applicants. Probably only a small percentage will pass the tests and be accepted.

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Am I right in wondering why any Filipinos would be interested in immigrating here as care givers for fonly ive years?

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There are also many Filipinos working here in the States, and not only in hospitals. Our mailman is from the Philippines.

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This article is a bit pathetic, only 340 applied when the government said they want 340*,*000. They should be asking why more don't come, not showering congratulations for such a minuscule amount

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alwaysspeakingwisdom

Obviously you have no idea how many Filipinos emmegrate to other countries aevery year.

The question you want to ask is: since so many Filipinos emigrate to other countries, what does that say about the Philippines?

Do you know there are about 1.5 million Japanese living overseas in other countries. There are about 60,000 in my country Britain while in Japan there are only about 15,000.

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Zichi,

Currently, there are over 3,800,000 Japanese living abroad. 1.5 million in the US alone.

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but 1.5 million Japanese live in the US

That includes those of partial Japanese ancestry.

The number of Japanese born in Japan and living overseas are 1.5 million.

Interesting link, zichi. Of those 1.5 million, about one third are are permanent residents oversea (i.e emigrants). The others are classed as long term residents, e.g. company employees posted abroad, students, etc.

I'm not sure how accurate those numbers are. Trying to find equivalent numbers for the UK gives figures ranging from 5 million to 13 million.

Would the US equivalent not be something like how many New Yorkers live in Florida?

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The Japanese could make a nursing college in the Philippines for training in return for a period of work in Japan. They already have seaman colleges to provide crew including captains for the Japanese merchant navy.

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