30% of Tokyo nursing homes hire foreigners as caregivers
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Last Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 13:32
Tokyo: More than 30 per cent of nursing homes for the elderly who need care in Tokyo are hiring foreigners as caregivers, a recent survey by a social welfare body showed.

The survey conducted by the Tokyo Council of Social Welfare on 389 facilities, of which 316 responded, found that 196 foreigners are working at 101 facilities.

While Japan has begun to accept from other countries candidates for licensed care workers and other occupations in the field of social work, more than half the facilities surveyed raised language barriers between foreign workers and Japanese employees as a challenge.

"We need systematic language education programs to improve their professional vocabulary and daily conversations," an official of the council said.

By nationality, people from the Philippines comprised more than 50 per cent of the caregivers concerned, followed by Chinese, including people from Taiwan, and South Koreans.

Over 90 per cent of such workers were women, the survey showed.


First Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010, 13:32

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