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Japan to allow foreign nursing workers to visit elderly with fresh legislation

02:27 PM | 1 Apr, 2024
Japan to allow foreign nursing workers to visit elderly with fresh legislation

TOKYO - The Japanese government is set to lift restrictions on foreign nursing workers conducting home care visits to the elderly according to the labor ministry's disclosure to an expert panel.

This move aligns with Japan's efforts to broaden the scope of foreign labor participation, particularly as the country faces challenges posed by its aging population and shortages in the working-age demographic.

The severity of the matter can be gauged from the fact that around 40 percent of service providers reported losses in fiscal year 2022 due to demographic pressures.

As far as the amendments are concerned, individuals holding specified skilled worker visas, technical internships, and prospective certified care workers through economic partnership agreements with select countries will be allowed to conduct at-home care visits. Currently, approximately 45,700 individuals working in the sector possess one of these three statuses.

Presently, there are 8,600 foreign nationals authorized to conduct care visits for elderly individuals, either through nursing care working visas or as certified care workers under economic partnership agreements, Japan Times reported.

These care visits include a range of essential tasks, including assistance with personal hygiene, household chores, and transportation to medical facilities.

While concerns regarding language barriers have previously restricted the involvement of foreign care workers, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare plans to address this by advocating for communication training and familiarization with Japanese culture among service providers.

Additionally, the ministry aims to introduce measures such as the use of digital technology, like tablets, to handle emergencies during home visits. Providers will also be encouraged to establish consultation services to prevent any instances of harassment targeting foreign workers.

It is to be mentioned that potential revisions to existing legislation could further broaden the eligibility of foreign workers conducting care visits, with integration into the revamped technical trainee program expected by 2027.

Japan is facing a severe birth crisis as endorsed by statistics also according to which 758,631 babies were born in the country in 2023 -  a 5.1% decline from the previous year. It was the lowest number of births since Japan started compiling the statistics in 1899.

The country is also relaxing visa conditions for foreign workers so that more and more foreigners can integrate into society and play a role in economic growth which can be brought to a standstill if the birth crisis is not addressed.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71

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