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Japan's welfare ministry plans to extend special transitional measures to fiscal 2026 that grant graduates of elderly care courses provisional certification without the need to pass a national exam, as part of efforts to alleviate a labor shortage in the sector, ministry sources said Sunday.

Geez, what's next allowing students who finish driving school's with "provisional licenses" to drive without actually having to take the licensing tests?

Previously, those who graduated from a training school were automatically eligible for certification. But a legal revision in 2016 made passing the state exam an additional prerequisite for those graduating in fiscal 2022 or later.

Yeah and if people remember WHY it was to weed out those who couldn't read the Japanese on the exams, so fewer foreign workers would actually be hired!

Now they realize they shot themselves in the foot, and that you really dont need to know how to read and write Japanese to work in many areas of the senior care business. (I am not talking about licensed nurses, but orderly type positions!)

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you really dont need to know how to read and write Japanese to work in many areas of the senior care business. (I am not talking about licensed nurses, but orderly type positions!)

You are right! Many areas of the senior care business you dont need to know how to read and write Japanese, just the ones where you are dealing with seniors, about 99.8% of the jobs.

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Now they realize they shot themselves in the foot, and that you really dont need to know how to read and write Japanese to work in many areas of the senior care business. (I am not talking about licensed nurses, but orderly type positions!)

Exactly. And its not just caregiving industry either. Its all across the board now.

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You are right! Many areas of the senior care business you dont need to know how to read and write Japanese, just the ones where you are dealing with seniors, about 99.8% of the jobs.

Yeah...you need to understand at least 5000 kanji perfectly to make up a bed and take them to toilet. Sure,  keep demanding they pass an additional national test ( to keep the amakudari company administering it happy ) after they finish their training courses....but then stop whining about the 340,000 care worker shortage.

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marcelito- spot on brother!

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you need to understand at least 5000 kanji perfectly to make up a bed

There are only 2000-ish in the joyo kanji.

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The 2,136 **jōyō kanji are regarded to be necessary for functional literacy in Japanese. Approximately a thousand more characters are commonly used and readily understood by the majority in Japan and a few thousand more find occasional use, especially in specialized fields of study**

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanji#Japanese_Industrial_Standards_for_kanji

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1945 is the official number of joyo kanji.

And best is to learn them by practising while working. No theoretical learning BS is needed to clean someone's else bottom and even give them medicine once told by a doctor what to give.

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You are right! Many areas of the senior care business you dont need to know how to read and write Japanese, just the ones where you are dealing with seniors, about 99.8% of the jobs.

Sarcasm noted!

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"Yeah...you need to understand at least 5000 kanji perfectly to make up a bed and take them to toilet. "

No but you have to be able read Japanese to know what room, what patient, what time to make up a bed and take them to the toilet and more importantly you have to be able to read and Japanese to know what to do in emergency and what not to do.

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