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Japan’s major hospitals seek long-term orderlies from Vietnam

Japan’s major hospitals seek long-term orderlies from Vietnam

Thursday, June 13, 2024, 18:02 GMT+7
Japan’s major hospitals seek long-term orderlies from Vietnam
Students of Nam Dinh University of Nursing in Nam Dinh Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Major Japanese hospitals are eagerly seeking Vietnamese orderlies who can work under long-term contracts, Takeshima Tenmi, president of Japan’s Osaka Medical Care Association, has announced, expecting the number of such patient care assistants will increase in Japan in the coming time.

Tenmi was speaking at a ceremony held in Hanoi on Wednesday for signing a contract between the association and the Center of Overseas Labor under the Vietnamese Ministry of Labor, War Invalids, and Social Affairs (MOLISA) to supply Vietnamese orderly apprentices to Japanese hospitals.

The contract aims to select both nursing and high school graduates, with the latter to be trained in nursing for one year.

Upon selection, they will receive Japanese language training in Vietnam from eight to 11 months to reach Japan’s N4 level.

The association will cover the expenses for the training, one Japanese language exam, visas, two health examinations, and round-trip airfares (for both the departure from Vietnam to Japan and the return home after completing work contracts) for the selected orderlies.

According to the Vietnam News Agency, these orderly apprentices will be assigned to work at the association’s healthcare facilities or its partner hospitals.

They will receive the same pay as Japanese staff in equivalent positions, approximately VND36 million (US$1,400) a month, excluding allowances and overtime pay, and will be entitled to social welfare and insurance benefits under Japanese law.

Tenmi announced that large Japanese hospitals are eager to hire Vietnamese orderlies under long-term contracts and expressed his expectation that the number of Vietnamese orderlies working in Japan will increase in the coming years.

He also noted that Vietnamese orderlies currently working in Japanese hospitals are considered the best among their Asian counterparts, according to the news site VnExpress.

Speaking at the ceremony, MOLISA Deputy Minister Nguyen Ba Hoan said Vietnam aims to bring 200 hospital orderlies to Japan in the next three years.

He added that orderlies who have returned home after satisfactorily completing their work contracts and now wish to come back to Japan for work will be given priority, the news site reported.

In 2019, the two sides also signed an agreement on selecting and sending nursing apprentices to Japan, the Vietnam News Agency said.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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