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Yeah until they are all banned when one tiny thing goes wrong after a foreign home caregiver does something they not supposed to do that doesn't follow the manual. Watch this space.

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The firms are making the money but the care workers get a subsistence wage-pay peanuts and get monkeys and then blame them for cock ups

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The firms are making the money but the care workers get a subsistence wage-pay peanuts

Unfortunately it is very difficult to make profit in such a labour intensive industry. Longevity is as much a curse on society as it is a blessing.

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@Chabbawanga

”the sector as a whole has higher profit margins than the average for care industry firms.”

I've known more than a few care home operators in my time and all of them have been well off.

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Many of the foreign caregivers are licensed nurses from their home countries and are English speakers. The main hurdle of passing the nursing exams here is the Japanese language so they end up as caregivers where pay is lower. They should try other countries where they could work as nurses and language is not a barrier. Lower wages as caregiver plus the falling Yen doesn't make Japan attractive for these skilled workers.

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WisdomToday  11:03 am JST

Care workers visit the homes of elderly people to assist them with bathing, using the toilet,

In others, gaijins wiping Japanese As##, Thats about right. It befits their skill and intelligent levels.

I can only say how disgusting your comments are. We wouldn’t allow that kind of comment in regards to immigrant nurses in the US, etc etc.

Being a nurse requires more than just what you said. It’s called knowledge and probably something you know nothing about. Eg medication causing side effects, regarding toileting. Skin care for people with i continuance, even bowel obstructions caused by constipation or even a tumor. Blood may be a sign of another disease. Not to mention patients who may have colonostomy or urostomy after removing the balder. even a Anal fistulas, cause problems. Women after giving birth can also have urinating problems. They may be young or old. Patients with a stroke can’t mobilize easily and leads to toilet issues, not to mention eating and drinking problems impact toilet regime. Skill and intelligence is acquired through training and your comments put down every single doctor and nurse who has to deal with these issues and the very patients who may have a problem with this daily activity of daily life. They’re not gaijin, they are nurses!

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It's great that all of us, regardless of our personal views or political leanings,can recognise an overtly racist troll and have them banished from this open and honest news site.

Well done,all.

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Home care workers have to be 100% trustworthy. Sometimes they are not.

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workers visit the homes of elderly people to assist them with bathing, using the toilet...

foreigner worker job?? indeed very attractive!!

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I wonder how all that will end.

Those care workers either will be just , sorry to say cannon fodder for work, and be sent back home if complaining, or become Japanese citizens and not sure they would continue their job as soon as it happens.

For some old people, they are in fact rich enough to pay way more than a 150000¥ wage. A care worker has a few old people to take care about each day and they are not all poor...

The money does not trickle down to worker obviously. Some middlemen get their share and I am sure they are Japanese.

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My wife is a homecare nurse here in Japan. She tells me about her day dealing with all kinds of people. Babies, elderly, young men and women with mobility and mental issues. Its not just the elderly, believe me. But, what the elderly and the parents of small children want is someone who they can communicate with. Don't get me wrong, I know foreign workers are caring and can learn Japanese, but the job requires more than just listening to and measuring someone's heart rate for a few seconds.

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wallaceToday  12:38 pm JST

Home care workers have to be 100% trustworthy. Sometimes they are not.

Would that not be true for all people doing any kind of job, though?

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Shadows of the Rising Sun

wallaceToday  12:38 pm JST

Home care workers have to be 100% trustworthy. Sometimes they are not.

Would that not be true for all people doing any kind of job, though?

Any kind of job does not involve entering the home of a person for health and home care. In some cases, cash and valuables go missing. Best to have a cam to ensure they are behaving.

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Nurse, care givers even taxi drivers are much useful professions than e*glish teachers.

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neroToday 04:28 pm JST

Nurse, care givers even taxi drivers are much useful professions than e*glish teachers.

Not if you want your kids to have a chance to escape ;-)

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Nurse, care givers even taxi drivers are much useful professions than e*glish teachers.

Apparently your e*glish teacher didn't do a good job.

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