Care for Elderly Jobs, Japan

Aug 25th, 2008, in IM Posts, Opinion, by

Purba Negoro on Indonesian nurses for Japan, and the Japanese contribution to Indonesian development.

Good News for a Change

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.

From monstersandcritics.com

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.


12 Comments on “Care for Elderly Jobs, Japan”

  1. avatar matthew says:
    August 25th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    wow, a whole post with no racism. Congratulations.

  2. avatar Aluang Anak Bayang says:
    August 25th, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    I hope our Sheikh Cuk read this.

    Yes, send them to Japan where they will get decent salary and treatment. Definitely not to Cuk’s Middle Eastern masters.

  3. avatar Purba Negoro says:
    August 25th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Matthew- would you like some- I have ample?

    Yes- there is a lot of good news in Indonesia- also a lot of bad.
    We are progressing- we must change our Javanese subdued tone- or else we are drowned out by the sonorous empty vessels such as those who host Olympics and Human Rights activistas

    I will post as many good news stories as I can find.

  4. avatar Purba Negoro says:
    August 25th, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    I forgot- there is some academic argument to show Japan and Java have a shared history just now being discovered.
    Japanese Aborigines and Ainu of Taiwan are Austronesians too
    I saw a very interesting book but I have misplaced the link- I was hoping to order from Amazon.

    From now on, I think I will ignore the stupid bigoted, chauvinistic, ignorant or racist blurts of some Sinophile Contributors about Indonesia.
    From now on- only positive thoughts- positive results.

    My point- Japan is a perfect example of what we Indonesians are capable of- we are probably the closest socially and culturally than to say the Chinese, Koreans or Vietnamese.

    The potential undoubtedly exists- how to unleash it?

  5. avatar tomaculum says:
    August 26th, 2008 at 12:21 am

    From now on, I think I will ignore the stupid bigoted, chauvinistic, ignorant or racist blurts of some Sinophile Contributors about Indonesia.
    From now on- only positive thoughts- positive results.

    Noble intention, Purba. I wish you much success and let us hope that all of the idiotic moronic racistic blurts would stop. :)

  6. avatar Purba Negoro says:
    August 26th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    As Ovary Winfrey says: “no-one wins the blame game”.

  7. avatar sputjam says:
    August 27th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Why not bring the japanese old age here to indonesia. They can settle on some resort island, with golf/beach/swimming pool thrown in. Charge the japanese govenrment some yearly fee for the resort maintenance. This way, indonesian will be employed to build, manage and maintain the facility. The resort should be within an international airport such as Makassar/Manado/Bali/Aceh etc.

  8. avatar Purba Negoro says:
    August 28th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Sputajm- what a superlative idea.

    So good- I may pinch it!

    We have excellent organic produce, very nutritious, healthy yet tasty cuisine and the warmth would be good for their joints too.

    Excellent idea Sputjam.

  9. avatar Andy says:
    August 28th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    They are too busy enjoying themselves on the Gold Coast or Sydney to go to Indonesia. The only Japanese i’ve met there run the sweatshops in Tangerang. They already know where their bread is buttered.

  10. avatar Purba Negoro says:
    August 28th, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Andy,
    very strange- as most Japanese are very well-known for work in the highly-skiled financial and engineering sectors- I have many good friends at Mitsui Investment Bank.

    Most Japanese live in South Jakarta- as there is a Japanese school here.
    I know as I currently lease two houses to Japanese families near JIS (Jakarta International School).

    Perhaps you’re confusing Chinese and Koreans with Japanese?

    Any more negative comments or are you going to eat wifey’s superlative Chinese cuisine of “three jewels” soup or maybe some baby green turtle soup?

    Anyone would think you suffer an inferiority complex, Andy.

  11. avatar Clement says:
    April 7th, 2009 at 7:08 am

    You write: “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.”

    This now shades some light as to why I see more Indonesian students on Japanese Government scholarship in Japan.

  12. avatar Nick says:
    April 15th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I lived and worked in japan for ten years. I remember thinking how over-staffed hospitals were with nurses. Also, certain ethnic groups were taken advantage of in the workplace.

    I really hope the nurses are treated with respect and equal rights.



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