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IT, foreign workers buttressing Japan's nursing home services

Acute labor shortage has operators seeking alternatives

Lilibeth Hattori is one of several Filipinos who work at a nursing home operated by Medical Care Service. Foreign staff members are helping make up for the lack of Japanese workers in the field.

TOKYO -- Due to a rapidly aging population and diminishing number of children, Japan is experiencing a chronic labor shortage in the nursing care industry and is looking to information technology and foreign workers to fill the gap.

The problem is so severe that the government estimates the country will lack 370,000 skilled personnel in the field in fiscal 2025.

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