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Gov’t to allow foreign technical interns to work in Japan after passing nursing care exam

  • December 5, 2017
  • , Mainichi evening edition , p. 12
  • JMH Translation

The government will review the status of residence system to allow foreign technical interns to continue to work in Japan after they pass the national nursing care certification exam. The proposal will be incorporated into a policy package that will include programs for the “Human Resources Development Revolution” initiative and be endorsed by the cabinet on Dec. 8.


The move is part of efforts to secure personnel amid a labor shortage in the nursing care sector, but the Technical Intern Training Program (TITP) is originally aimed at promoting the transfer of skills that foreign interns have acquired during their stay in Japan to their home countries. The acceptance of foreign workers without much debate may trigger objections.


The government eyes revising a Ministry of Justice ordinance under the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law to allow foreign interns to continue to work for an indefinite period of time if they meet the requirement of returning home after finishing up to five years of training and re-entering Japan as eligible nursing care workers.  The idea also includes granting foreign students statuses of residence if they work at nursing care facilities for three years or longer and pass the national certification exam.


Meanwhile, the Japan Franchise Association, which includes convenience store operators, will ask the government to include convenience store operations in the TITP job category as early as next year. As major convenience store operators are expanding their reach overseas, they want foreign technical interns to obtain work experience in Japan and use it to make forays into their home countries. (Abridged)

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