JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - The Japanese government will receive 324 prospective nursing workers from Indonesia to undergo six months of language training while working in hospitals and elderly homes in the country.
The statement was delivered by the Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia, Masafumi Ishii at the Jakarta-based embassy on Monday (6/12).
The 324 prospective nursing workers consist of 29 nurses and 295 caregivers.
Although previously these health workers have been provided with Japanese language training in Indonesia for six months, they will still undergo a language equivalency program after arriving in Japan, said Ambassador Ishii in front of hundreds of nurses and caregivers from various regions in Indonesia.
"This nursing care program has entered its 10th year and this year the number of participants has increased quite rapidly, a rise to 324 workers from 279 workers last year," said Ishii.
That is, he added, currently about more than 1,000 nursing personnel from Indonesia have worked for a number of hospitals and elderly in Japan.
The Government of Japan will continue to improve the system of recruitment of health workers from Indonesia by cooperating with local authorities.
"I hope the participants of this year can maintain health, adapt to the life of Japanese society, and succeed in national exam later," he said.
The sending off of the Indonesian nurses and caregivers was also attended by representatives from the National Agency for Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers (BNP2TKI) and the Ministry of Health.
Deputy of Placement at BNP2TKI, Agusdin Subiantoro, welcomed the Japanese government's commitment to empowering and improving the quality of nursing personnel from Indonesia.
"The government continues to ensure that there are regular improvements to the quality of nursing staff sent to Japan, so hopefully there will be good feedback so that the number of workers sent will continue to grow annually," said Agusdin while giving a speech before hundreds of prospective nurses .
He also proposed to Ambassador Ishii and Deputy Ambassador of Economic Affairs Mari Takada for the Government of Japan to reconsider the terms of two years work experience for Indonesian nursing staff.
"There are two things I proposed on this occasion: First, for the Japanese Government to give more opportunities for Indonesian workers in the next year," he said.
Second, for more nursing staff to work there. We recommend that the two-year work experience requirement be reduced to one year or the local authority should not be rigid to the rule.
Meanwhile, Head of Human Resources Development and Empowerment Agency (PPSDM) of the Ministry of Health, Usman Sumantri, in his speech that was read by Head of PPSDM for Foreign Health Diono Susilo Yuskaran, said domestic nursing workers are increasingly being in demand by foreign countries, including Japan.
Diono said nurses have an important role, especially now the need for them in a number of health institutions is increasing. Many foreign countries, especially Japan have recognized the quality and good work ethic of Indonesian nursing staff.
"This sending is part of an alternative policy that goes according to the laws and regulations on health personnel, along with the mutual benefit principle between Indonesia and the user country," he said.
He added that the program would be an opportunity for expansion of employment as well as a forum to exchange experiences, knowledge, and technology in the field of nursing.