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Japan immigration

Young Filipinos aim for Japan as exams for work visas begin

Job seekers endure grueling language studies for shot at better life

Philip Edquiban, owner of a manpower agency in Manila, explains the new Japanese immigration rules to young women seeking nursing care jobs in Japan. (Photo by Cliff Venzon)

MANILA -- Japan is attracting throngs of young job seekers from the Philippines, which just conducted its first exam for nursing caregivers under Tokyo's revised immigration rules.

Over 100 applicants took the exam on April 13-14 in Manila, with more test slots allocated for the May and June exams. The two-part exam tests technical skills and language proficiency, and both parts must be passed.

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