To help meet the growing demands of an ageing population, Japan is looking beyond its borders for qualified caregivers.  In an arrangement with the Philippine government, Japan hopes to find 1,000 qualified health workers over the next two years.  Free language classes are offered to applicants who complete the first 10 steps of the application process.  This helps prepare them to take the licensure examination in Japanese.  This program is one of the highlights on the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement which went into effect last December.  Its a mutually beneficial arrangement that gives an opportunity to people in the Philippines and ensures that the needs of Japan’s elderly are being met.  A great example of positive international collaboration!