Purba Negoro on Indonesian nurses for Japan, and the Japanese contribution to Indonesian development.
Today - I try and correct some perceptions of Indonesia being a source of bad news.
Anyway good news:
Indonesia has sent 208 nurses and caregivers for the elderly to Japan on Wednesday Aug 6 as part of bilateral economic partnership agreement between the two countries.
Nurses and care-givers will be placed in hospitals and old age and respite homes in several big cities in the country. The sending of the health workers was the first time Japan has accepted a large number of foreign workers in the medical and welfare sector.
Upon arrival nurses and caregivers will be taught Japanese for six months before they are placed into hospitals as nursing assistants, or at nursing care facilities as care workers, officials said.
Those working at hospitals will need to pass the national examination of nurses within three years while those working at nursing care facilities will need to pass the national examination of care workers within four years if they wish to continue working in Japan.
Failure to pass will mean they have to return to Indonesia.
Under the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) signed on August 2007, Japan is scheduled to accept 1,000 Indonesian nurses and care workers over a two-year period.
In the first year, Japan is supposed to accept 500 Indonesian nurses.
Japan has been the largest Direct Foreign Investor in Indonesia and has worked tirelessly through actions to apologise for the many horrendous acts during the War. Japan and Japanese Development Bank have contributed enormously to modernise Indonesia - the list is almost endless.
Japan and Germany remain the top preferred destinations for Indonesian skills acquisition, and very likely soon will be Russia - all very good friends of Merdeka - and we Indonesians never forget our friends nor enemies.