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40% of Japan's foreign caregivers trained by specialized agency

Onodera's network of Southeast Asian schools helps fill labor gap

More than 350 Myanmar caregivers trained by Onodera passed Japan's work visa exam. (Photo courtesy of Onodera User Run)

TOKYO -- Only a handful of foreign nationals have qualified for visas Japan rolled out last year for semiskilled workers, but one staffing agency here is responsible for training nearly 40% of caregivers who made the grade.

Onodera User Run said Wednesday that 613 applicants it trained passed the standardized test for obtaining the worker visa for the nursing care industry. Roughly 1,700 people combined had qualified to be caregivers in Japan as of late January.

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