The health ministry recommended that a Japanese-language national test for foreigners who seek the national nursing license would be kept, despite repeated calls to allow the candidates to take the exam in their own languages.
The pass rate at the exam has been extremely low, at just 4 percent of the foreign nurse candidates, including those who have been training at Japanese medical facilities, according to Kyodo.
A panel from the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said that combining a foreign-language exam with a Japanese-language aptitude test is a difficult thing. It added that nurses are supposed to be able to accurately understand instructions from doctors in order to make medical records and read them.
The panel’s recommendation will be used later this month by the health ministry in deciding on an implementation plan for the national nursing exam.