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Record high number of foreigners pass Japanese nursing exam

  • March 28, 2017
  • , Mainichi
  • JMH Translation

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare announced on March 27 that a total of 65 foreign applicants from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam passed the 106th National Nurse Examination administered in February. These applicants came to Japan in accordance with economic partnership agreements. The percentage of those who passed the exam marked a record high of 14.5%, 3.5% increase from 11% in the previous year.


A total of 447 applicants took the examination, including 21 Indonesians, 29 Filipinos, and 15 Vietnamese. Among the foreigners who took the exam, 9.6% of Indonesians, 15.1% of Filipinos, and 40.5% of Vietnamese passed. The percentage of Vietnamese applicants who passed the exam topped 40% for the second year in a row. Regarding the higher rate for Vietnamese, a Health Ministry official said, “The higher rate is probably attributable to the fact that the Japanese language capability required for Vietnamese to come to Japan is higher than for the other two countries.”

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