A major general insurance company in Japan is considering expanding its nursing care business across Asia to respond to the rapid aging of populations in the region -- a move that is expected to boost the number of workers in the industry.
Sompo Holdings, which emerged as the second largest provider of nursing care in Japan after making a full-scale entry into the industry in 2015, plans to export its know-how in nursing care to Asian countries facing aging of their populations, reports The Mainchi.
Technical interns from Asia are scheduled to be accepted into nursing care companies affiliated with Sompo Holdings, and the initiative is expected to garner attention as a strategy to both train workers in the field and counter labor shortages in the industry.
Japan's Technical Intern Training Programme allows technical intern trainees mainly from developing and emerging nations such as Vietnam, China, the Philippines and Indonesia to acquire skills by working in Japanese companies.
In July 2017, Sompo Holdings affiliate Sompo Care established a training facility in Tokyo's Minato Ward. Located on two of the floors of an office building, it has spaces replicating a private residence, from the entrance where people take off their shoes to the toilet and bathroom, along with spaces which resemble those found in nursing homes. Around 22,000 employees receive training at the facility every year, experiencing real-life scenarios such as assisting elderly people when they take off their shoes or have baths. The facility is the first of its kind to be built for workers in the industry to learn both in-house nursing care and institutional care in a practical manner.
One goal Sompo Care has in operating its training programmes is to educate foreign personnel. The company plans to make a foray into countries like China whose populations are rapidly aging, hoping that when the foreign trainees go home, they will be able to provide guidance to others.