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Enslavement ?

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Japan to accept more caregivers from 3 Asian nations

Japan to accept more indentured servants from 3 Asian nations, which is what the title SHOULD read.

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Hopefully it's mutually beneficial temporary arrangement till AI, robotics, and exoskeleton technology as well as cure to aging makes all of this obsolete.

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This bursts the myth that Japan doesnt accept foreigners. If they are all fluent in Japanese language, and can fit into the culture, this could be a big success, along with robots helping in the Nursing Homes and Hospitals.

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Will they be giving only “care” or will they be performing other services.

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Let’s show some government and medical authorities appreciation by taking care of these willing souls.

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Well more evidence the demographic time bombs are already started, in the paper today I read about a deal coming up with India too.

And that Japan is now short over 250,000 caregivers...…

Like I often ask, do you want to grow old here, is clearly very grim situation NOW, let alone down the road, going to get real nasty & quicker than many expect.

Similar problem with labour here, witch this article ties into, not good! And these slave type labour "solutions"......very unbecoming!

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I have a bit of experience with old people, and have traveled many countries, speak basic Japanese and have lived here a long time. I have been to almost every prefecture. My partner is Japanese. I understand politics and culture.

how can viet, Indo or philloppino suddenly pass a test and live here and look after stubborn old people? I struggle a lot. My suspicion is snack at night, low paid job at day.

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09:10 am JST

Will they be giving only “care” or will they be performing other services.

For sure they’ll be doing menial work even before they give care. A japanese friend nurse told me she had to clean the premises, do other non-nurse jobs. Why will it be better for foreigners? She finally quit, as have done many others. Even a hospital nearby closed a decade ago because they couldn’t get care workers.

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More slave labor with no pay and kicked out after 2 years for not understanding Japanese.

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This bursts the myth that Japan doesnt accept foreigners. If they are all fluent in Japanese language, and can fit into the culture, this could be a big success, along with robots helping in the Nursing Homes and Hospitals.

You just have to be kidding!!! If they are fluent in Japanese.....how ironic, there are plenty of Japanese who have problems communicating in Japanese and you put a higher standard for foreigners?

Big success? They will only be here for 5 years, unable to fully integrate into society, stuck in low paying positions....it's a failure before it even starts.

There is proof as well...look at the Filipino nurses program.

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A lot of talk of slave like conditions for these lucky workers who aren't even here yet. If it were so bad, these programs wouldn't be completely oversubscribed would they? Logic wins, emotion loses

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This type of thing has failed before. Didn't the nurses program fail because too many failed the language requirements? I don't see how these 300 are going to do any better, unless they learned Japanese already in their own country

Interestingly if Japan wants to succeed the deal with India sounds promising. India has a long history and I think would integrate well in Japan

Hope for success but without a corporate makeover I feel sorry for the candidates working lives already

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Good to know that fluent Japanese is needed to do menial labor.....

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Under the deals, a total of about 4,300 people visited Japan. They work as caregivers for three years while studying for a national examination during their four-year period of stay. If they pass the exam, they could continue to work in the country.

Right, work for three years, find time to study a language that has no use outside of here, pass an exam, and get to stay for 5 years more, then get shown the door.

Just goes to show how crappy things are in other places!

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I think it is a great idea to allow more young women from Southeast Asia to work here looking after older gentlemen.  Work wonderfully well in Singapore and Hong Kong.

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"Japan is planning to accept a greater number of caregivers from three Southeastern Asian countries having bilateral free trade agreements with Tokyo."

With each these three Asian countries, Japan has a bilateral free trade agreement, yet refuses to give their golden goose, the United States of America a bilateral free trade agreement. Why is this?

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These workers won't be staying in Japan so no point in you getting so emotionally invested and upset

This coming from the person who wrote this? Lol!

A lot of talk of slave like conditions for these lucky workers who aren't even here yet. If it were so bad, these programs wouldn't be completely oversubscribed would they? Logic wins, emotion loses

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I wonder if they will be given/paid the same wage as a Japanese heath worker doing the same job?

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Careworking is not menial labor. Just difficult and underpaid.

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Goodlucktoyou:

Careworking is not menial labor. Just difficult and underpaid

Exactly. That's one reason they can't get enough locals to fill the need.

It's a sad commentary on society when those caring for the most precious among us (the aged, disabled, children, etc.) have to work so hard, invest emotionally and yet get paid so little.

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People will always be better than machines for this kind of care.

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Under the current terms with the three countries, Japan will accept up to 300 caregivers from each country a year. The government aims to treat such foreign workers with high language proficiency separately from the current quota of 300.

Good grief! I had to read this paragraph three times and I'm still not 100% sure what it means. KYODO news has the junior high school translators working hard through their school vacations.

One of my Filipino friends came to Japan under the scheme (scam) two years ago. She quit after less than a year. She is a qualified nurse and has a JLPT2 certification. Despite her qualifications she was just bed pan and diaper maid. She did no actual nursing of patients. She was also doing one or two hours of unpaid overtime every day because she was made to clean the ward at the end of every shift and was told to come in early (unpaid) to set up for the next shift. All this for ¥240,000 per month minus the pension and health insurance. She went back to manila and is working in a fine hospital with a decent salary.

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Hopefully it's mutually beneficial temporary arrangement till AI, robotics, and exoskeleton technology as well as cure to aging makes all of this obsolete.

..as well a cure to aging makes all of this obsolete

Wonder about what time frame the poster is thinking about for a 'temporary arrangement' :)

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Will you accept more asylum seekers then the 28 persons you accepted last year? Japan, you have 127 million inhabitants, to accept 100 000 immigrants, refugees or asylum seekers is less than 0,50% of your country's total population! The migrate-crisis who has shocked Europe and led to a rising right-wing movement, could've been totally avoided if Asian countries took their share of the refugees and asylum seekers.

Small countries in Europe can't handle an influx of refugees which exceeds their rate of control and integration. Don't let transportation difficulties be a barrier between you and the refugees mainly from Africa and Middle-East! It's a world-crisis, not a problem for Europe to solve alone! If you want a more hostile Europe just keep restricting the flow of refugees and immigrants.

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In the past there was an influx of “entertainers “ or “dancers” from the Philippines who were promised good steady employment...

they usually ended up having their passports held by a mamasan/ pimp...

the women had very little of any freedom, doubt they had health benefits.

guess this new plan is just the next big thing..

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