As Japan’s population rapidly grays, ensuring there are enough nursing care workers to meet growing demand has become a pressing issue. In 2025, 1 in 5 people will be aged over 75, and 1 in 5 seniors aged over 65 will have dementia, according to Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry of Japan estimates.
Though the number of nursing care workers has actually tripled to 1.71 million in 2013 from 550,000 in 2000 it has failed to keep pace with the rapidly growing demand, resulting in a chronic shortage of manpower.
The ratio of job openings to job-seekers in care services stood at 2.69 in April, 2018, while it was 1.12 for all industries, according to the Ministry sources. The ratio means there were 269 positions available for every 100 job-seekers. Considering Japan’s declining workforce, the labor shortage in the industry is expected to worsen over time.
According to an estimate, Japan will need 2.53 million care workers in fiscal 2025, but the number will fall short of demand by 377,000.
Apart from possessing basic skill-set of being a care-worker for the elderly, a prospective intern must have adequate proficiency in Japanese language (while N4 level proficiency can qualify for internship, an intern has also to clear N3 level within one year of landing in Japan) so that communication with the elderly and the staff is smooth and effective.
More importantly an intern has to be fully sensitized to Japanese culture to assimilate in the new environment there and to be acceptable as part of the Team.
In addition, interns should possess the right attitude and physique as a care worker job can be physically and mentally tough. Such workers have to provide physical support to the elderly and be on alert throughout their working hours, especially when looking after senile dementia patients.
Chi Skill has researched the various elements of requirement of being a nursing care worker in Japan, on the one hand and the skilling and training needs for Indian interns, on the other.
The whole process of mobilizing and screening talent, their training, setting expectations fully meeting job requirement has been evolved by Chi Skill accordingly.
|Component||Charges (in INR)|
|Japanese Language Training||36000|
|Boarding & Lodging||60000|
|Local & International placement support||19000|
|S.No.||Course Name||Duration (months)||Training Location||Eligibility||Visa Type||Interview Location|
Japanese language Course for qualified Care Workers
|A||Part-Time (4 hrs/d)||7 months||1 month||India||Qualified Nurse/ Care-worker + 6 mth exp||TITP Intern||Delhi/ Bangalore or On Skype|
|B||Full-Time (8hrs/d)||3.5 months||0.5 month||India-1 mth; Japan-3 mth||as above||Tourist/ TITP Intern||Japan|
Japanese language + Care Worker Skill Course
|A||Full-Time (8 hrs/d) - India||3.5 months||4 months||India||10+2||TITP Intern||Delhi/ Bangalore or On Skype|
|B||Full-Time (8hrs/d) - India and Japan||4 months||4 months||India - 4 months (Skill),1 - month (Language); Japan-3 months||10+2||Tourist/ TITP Intern||Japan|
Japanese language Course for other Skills (TITP Job Roles)
|A||Part-Time (4 hrs/d)||3 months||-||India||10+2/ Graduate + TITP Skill + 6 mth exp||TITP Intern||Delhi/ Bangalore or On Skype|
|B||Full-Time (4 hrs/d) - Dual||3 months||-||Japan||10+2/ Graduate + TITP Skill + 6 mth exp||Tourist/ TITP Intern||Japan|
* Processing fee @ Rs. 1 Lakh per candidate
* Training fee, Air Fare, Visa fee would be charged as per actuals