“Nurse Applicants to Japan Interviewed in the Philippines,
but Applications Hit Record Low.”
This was the title of a news report on NHK's national news on the
morning of July 23, and its content is shown in the attached photo.
The reasons for this are said to be the weak yen and the language
barrier, but there is a more deep-rooted background, which we have known for decades.
It is clear from the stagnation of the Japanese economy over the
past 30 years that the cause of the weak yen is the arrogance and negligence of the Government and the business community, and this is one deep-rooted background.
Another deep-rooted background is the truly irrational language
barrier, where the Government looks down on Asian countries and forces foreign nurses who are fluent in English, an international language, to learn Japanese, even though Japanese is a Galapagos
To solve the language problem, the Japanese medical nursing
industry must first become an international standard one where English can also be used.
I visited a large hospital and its nursing school in Manila about
20 years ago. The former director of the hospital, a friend of mine for 40 years, introduced me to the abundance of local nursing staffs and we discussed the possibility of sending nursing
personnel to Japan (see the following website), but the aforementioned language barrier prevented this.