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Japan agrees to accept 10,000 Vietnamese caregivers

Tokyo to offer similar proposals to Indonesia, Cambodia and Laos amid labor shortage

Vietnamese care workers training in Tokyo. Japan will expand acceptance of caregivers from Asian countries like Vietnam.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government has agreed with Vietnam to invite 10,000 nursing caregivers from the Southeast Asian country by the summer of 2020 to counter a serious manpower shortage in the industry.

As a first step, Japan plans to receive 3,000 personnel within one year, with Tokyo offering financial assistance for language training, and then expand to 10,000 in two years. By setting a numerical target, the government hopes to accelerate the preparations.

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