Japan introduces immigration points system as 'war for nurses' begins

In demand... a group of trainee nurses at college in Manila, Philippines (photo:dpa)
In demand... a group of trainee nurses at college in Manila, Philippines (photo:dpa)

About 40 per cent of Japan's population will be aged 65 or above by 2050. The country cannot rely on indigenous nurses and carers to look after the elderly, and is already recruiting in Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. Now it is introducing a points-based immigration scheme to attract 2,000 foreign workers with higher qualifications, specialised knowledge and English language skills.

Japan introduces immigration points system as 'war for nurses' begins

EAST Asia faces a dramatic challenge – the unprecedented ageing of its population.

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