Japan extends stay of Filipino trainee nurses

via filipinotimes – To give them another chance to take qualification exams to work in Japan, the country’s government has granted extensions of stay for trainee nurses and caregivers from the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam by one year.

The fourth extension comes as the government tries to boost the overall pass rate in the national exams, reported Kyodo News.

It applies to trainees who arrived in Japan in fiscal 2014 and 2015, and who have achieved a certain score in the exams, without yet passing.

The free trade agreements Japan has signed with the three countries stipulates the duration of stay for prospective nurses and caregivers to be three and four years, respectively. The candidates must return to their countries if they fail to pass the exams within the designated periods, the report said.

Under the agreement, candidates reportedly arrive in Japan and take language lessons for six months and receive on-the-job training before taking the qualification exams.

Japan has accepted more than 3,800 trainee nurses and caregivers from the three countries since 2008.

In fiscal 2015, the pass rate for the nursing exam was 11 percent, while the rate for the caregivers test was 50.9 percent, reported the news portal.

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