What are the chances of being able to practice my medical profession in Japan when I get out of school?

Hi I am currently about to start college and i have to decided to major in nursing and are 99% sure I will minor in Japanese. I have already began studying Japanese on my own (well enough to read and write) but would love to continue my studies in college. My question is taking into consideration that I will become an RN what are the chances/methods that I would be able to use this practice in japan assuming my language skill will be sufficient once coming out of school? Thanks.

Probably zero at that high a level. You would first have to graduate from a Japanese college.That requires native level Japanese.And a lot of money.
Japan is mostly Japanese.Many Japanese people would refuse to be touched by a non-Japanese.
Another thing you may not realize is nurses in Japan are underpaid and over worked.You could make far more money here in the US.
Also remember you need a work visa to work in Japan.And to get the work visa you need a job offer before you get there.
You can check the web sites below and see what’s commonly available.



  • Slim to None.

    Japan does not hire a foreigner in place of a Japanese citizen. There is no need for you there. If there was you would need to be fluent in Japanese. You cannot treat patients by reading and writing you need to be able to understand them and if you are teaching yourself Japanese, chances are you have no clue on how to pronounce things correctly or listen to what they are saying.

    Even Assuming you become Totally fluent in Japanese the fact still remains that you will be turned down for not being Japanese and you obtained your medical skills outside Japan.References : Immigrated to Japan

  • Probably zero at that high a level. You would first have to graduate from a Japanese college.That requires native level Japanese.And a lot of money.
    Japan is mostly Japanese.Many Japanese people would refuse to be touched by a non-Japanese.
    Another thing you may not realize is nurses in Japan are underpaid and over worked.You could make far more money here in the US.
    Also remember you need a work visa to work in Japan.And to get the work visa you need a job offer before you get there.
    You can check the web sites below and see what’s commonly available.References : http://www.gaijinpot.com
    http://www.workinjapan.com
    http://www.jobsinjapan.com

  • Japan is in dire need of nurses now due to the increasing elderly population and started inviting lots of nurses from overseas. Compared to bitter gaijin losers who could do nothing but teaching their own language at one of low-budget Eikaiwa schools, you will have a much better chance. Good luck.

    http://www.trabaho.com/html/news/news20090206.html

    Japan Hospitals, Health Institutions In Need of Pinoy Nurses and Caregivers (06 February 2009)

    Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Marianito Roque said beginning this year, Japan will hire Filipino nurses and caregivers to train and work in their country…. According to the MOU, the POEA shall endorse an initial batch of 200 nurses and 300 caregivers who will undergo a six-month language and culture training to prepare them for the Japanese licensure exam. Nurses as candidate (kangoshi) and caregivers as candidate (kaigofukushishi) shall receive an allowance of not less than ¥40,000.00 or more than PhP. 21, 000.00 per month…. Once the candidates have passed the exam, the fully qualified nurse and certified caregiver shall have the option to stay for an unlimited period in Japan to practice their profession with a new and upgraded employment contract with their employer. The contract will include higher salary and added benefits…. To qualify to apply for training and employment in Japan, registered nurses should have at least three years experience. Candidate caregivers, on the other hand, should be a nursing graduate or a graduate of a four-year course and should be certified by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).References : Japanese

  • If you really want to work in japan is better for you to go as an English teacher or as a ALT with Jet programme or other institution. Positions like: Doctors, nurses, engineers etc are Japanese positions…. in others words they prefer to hire Japanese people instead of a foreign. If you want to go there the only way is to do something that Japanese people can’t do and that is teaching English. Many college students when they finish their college before working in their profession expend 1 or 2 years with Jet programme in Japan teaching English it is a nice experience and you will have a better outlook of the country. I think that is your only option. Try to finish your college and get a decent level of Japanese and expend 1 or 2 years teaching English and then return home to practice your medical profession. People are going to tell you that if you teach your language you are a losers….. that kind of comment can only come from a real loser. Japan is having a big unemployment rate and is getting worst. In the 80s when economy was in a booom they didn’t hire foreign people for that kind of positions even if they need it….. they are not going to do it now. And as a one user say: many Japanese people don’t like that a gaijin doctor touch them as simple as that.

    Good luckReferences :

  • You will have to graduate from a Japanese university if you want to work in the medical profession in Japan. It is the rule I am afraid.References :

  • Shido is correct.

    The declining population due to very low birthrate and the natural longevity of the Japanese is putting a tremendous strain on all sectors of public service including medical care. There is simply no way Japan can provide an adequate level of care without importing guess workers such as nurses or even doctors. This shortage is only going to get worse over time because of the incredible red tape that is involve in hiring foreign workers.

    You do need to be fluent and that means you need to be able to converse in the language not just being able to read or write. You need to start taking language courses as soon as possible. Keep in mind that you are going to have to compete against other nurses from other countries — although for the time being the Japanese have been focusing on recruiting Philippino nurses because of their low wage demands.References :


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