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Photo Journal: International care

(Mainichi/Takehiko Onishi)

Two Filipinos studying to be certified care workers, pictured left and right, lead a 78-year-old second-generation Japanese-Peruvian by the hands at Toyota Fukujuen, a special nursing home for the elderly, on Dec. 15, 2018 in the Aichi Prefecture city of Toyota, central Japan. Keiko Kishimoto was born in Peru after her parents migrated there from Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa. She originally intended to visit Japan for three months after the immigration law was revised in 1990, but decided to settle down in Toyota. The two Filipino women, meanwhile, came to Japan in 2016 under an Economic Partnership Agreement with the goal of passing the national care worker's examination while working at the facility. "If I pass the exam I'd like to reside permanently in Japan, which is a safe country," said 26-year-old Steffi Jane Acasio. Now that Japan has enacted a bill to increase the number of foreign workers, it may see more elderly foreigners receiving care from foreign care workers in the future.

    (Japanese original by Takehiko Onishi, Nagoya Photo Group)

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