50 Filipino Nurses, 300 Care Workers Needed in Japan

TOKYO/MANILA - The Japan International Corporation of Welfare Services (JICWELS) is seeking qualified Filipino nurses and care workers, the Department of Migrant Workers (DMW) announced on its website.

The DMW is currently open for applications to fill 50 nurse (kangoshi) and 300 care worker (kaigofukushishi) positions in Japan.

According to the DMW, nurse applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (with an active PRC license) and have a minimum of three years of hospital work experience. Care worker applicants must hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (with or without a PRC license), or any four-year course, but must also submit a TESDA National Certificate II in Caregiving (NC II). They must demonstrate motivation and commitment to work and study as candidates for kangoshi and kaigofukushishi to obtain a national license in Japan.

All applicants are required to undergo 12 months of intensive Japanese language training in the Philippines and in Japan before commencing work, with six months in each country, prior to their three to four years of work term at Japanese hospitals and caregiving facilities.

"The Japanese language training fee is free of charge, and a daily living allowance will be provided for the entire duration of the language training," stated the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines.

To apply, qualified applicants should register online at or, and submit detailed resumes and other original documents in person at the Migrant Workers Registry Division, Ground Floor, DMW Blas F. Ople Bldg., (formerly POEA Bldg.) Ortigas Avenue corner EDSA, Mandaluyong City.

The deadline for submitting online applications at DMW regional offices and the DMW central office is May 10.

Since 2009, more than 3,600 candidate nurses and candidate care workers from the Philippines have entered Japan under the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). - Florenda Corpuz