Research conducted by the Kyushu Economic Federation has found that approximately 70% of nursing homes in Fukuoka City need more workers and that 60% of them hope to fill the positions with nurses from other countries. Some nursing homes expressed concern about possible cultural differences and communication problems when hiring foreign nurses. The data was collected from replies to questionnaires sent to all nursing homes in Fukuoka City. The Japanese government began accepting foreign applicants for the National Nursing Qualification nine years ago with the plan to allow foreign workers to engage in nursing work. Source: NHK, 3/9
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