Saturday, March 27, 2010

LEAD: 3 foreigners overcome language barriers, pass national nurse exam

Japan, a rapidly aging society, began accepting foreign nurses and caregivers in 2008 due to domestic labor shortages in medical and nursing service fields.

Foreign nurses are required to return to their home countries if they fail to pass Japan's nurse qualifying exam within three years. Caregivers also need to clear Japan's qualifying exam within four years.

None of the foreign nurses passed last year's national exams held in February as kanji characters and technical terms used in the exam are thought to pose a high hurdle for foreign nurses.

LEAD: 3 foreigners overcome language barriers, pass national nurse exam+

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