Japan historically has been one of the strictest countries with respect to the type of workers they allowed in from other countries.   In health care they were only interested in high level professionals, such as doctors.

That is all changing, most likely driven by the dramatic increase in the Japanese elderly population and the lack of workers, both to care for the elderly as well as work in hospitals and other healthcare institutions.

As reported in the Japan Times, the Japan International Corporation of Welfare Services, a semi-governmental organization, and the Philippine government agreed Monday to start from this year accepting Filipino nurses and caregivers who wish to undergo training and work in Japan under the bilateral economic partnership agreement.

Many other countries use nurses trained in the Philippines, often raising the question of whether there are enough trained staff there to meet that country’s needs.   An interesting ethical dilemma that is an ongoing topic of discussion.