Mizoram Government is sending 16 students from the state to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’ country to learn Japanese language and later work in nursing homes there. A team of Japanese scholars from Kokoro College, Nagasaki (Japan) led by its chairman Joji Iwanaga visited Aizawl and met Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla at his residence recently.
They also handed over the visa to the selected Mizo youths, who would be the first batch from India enrolled in the international programme initiated by Japan Government to meet the shortage of workers in old aged homes. According to a local daily, Iwanaga was also quoted telling his counterparts in Mizoram that Japan is in need of foreign students to work at its ‘retirement homes’.
A quarter of Japanese population is older than 65 and demand for nursing homes are growing vital. In order to address its rapidly aging society, the Japanese government opened its labor market for nurses and caregivers from Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines as part of trade agreements in 2008. Initially, Japan required them to pass the professional exams in Japanese. However, since few were able to clear the bar. The government have now loosened the requirements and put explanations for characters and translations of illnesses in English, reported Bloomberg Business.
More Mizo youths are expected to be recruited in the coming months. This placement drive to Japan will spread to other North Eastern states, as the region has huge potential in health and hospitality industry.