Summary of Japanese-Language Training Course for Potential Indonesian Care Workers

Method of Implementation

Commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, Kansai implemented a Japanese-language training program for potential Indonesian care workers, who were accepted by the government based on an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Japan and Indonesia.

Participants/Training Period


56 potential Indonesian care workers

Training period

App. six months from Thu., Aug. 7, 2008 to Wed., Jan. 28, 2009
(Care work instruction provided from Mon., Jan. 19 to Tue., Jan. 27, 2009)

Training Content

Japanese Course

The Japanese course was designed to provide students with fundamental training in Japanese to enable them to live, work, and study independently in the local area and care facility. In addition, individual instruction and computer-based study provided them with extra support in setting their own goals, making plans, and moving forward with their own study independently.

Understanding Japanese Culture and Customs/Applying Training in the Workplace

In order to deepen students' understanding of Japanese society and customs, we provided them with a variety of programs related to culture (tea ceremony, calligraphy, etc.), visits to local people's homes, and assistance with everyday life. Moreover, to help potential care workers acquire necessary information on Japanese customs and the ability to apply them in the workplace, we helped them understand and make use of what they learned through lectures, job guidance in the field, and visits to health care facilities.