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Indonesia Dio NATABAGUS ARIF WIJAKSONO

Country of origin : Indonesia
Year of arrival in Japan : October 2016
Status of residence : Specified Skilled Worker (i)
Japanese ability : N2

Interview

As a child I enjoyed anime and I also dreamed of studying abroad.

I look at my mother and I think I of things I can learn from this job for myself and also about how to care of her in the future.

Japan is very beautiful, has nice scenery, there are many cultural events and festivals with food. It is a really interesting place.

I learned Japanese at Japanese language schools and from watching anime. For care work I learned it while working here.

I met many elderly people and I learned a lot by talking to them which inspired me to work hard while I am young.

The staff here are nice to me, the workplace is clean, and most of all this is a very safe place to be.

Here in Okinawa there are many site seeing spots for tourists, especially the beautiful beaches.

When I first came to Japan I was not able to speak Japanese well so I often used body gestures to communicate. Now I laugh when I remember back to those times.

As time passes your dreams change. But for now, I just want to pass the national examination to be a certified care worker.

Every job is difficult in the beginning. But if you want to learn useful skills for the future from your job I think care work for the elderly is the best job for that.

What pleased me most is that I learned to appreciate my life more and now I try to be more cautious about what I do.

“Your Japanese is really good!”, “You do such good work”, “Don’t give up!”, for example.

We talk about all kinds of things like our hobbies, families, and even trivial things.

Not so useful to my life right now but in the future I might need to take care of my parents when they get older and when that happens I will be so thankful for what I learned from this job.

At the beginning it was difficult for me because it was the first time to ever do this work. But as time went on it became easier.

This year because of Corona, I thought that the most stable work available in Japan would be care work.

I learned to speak Japanese fluently quite quickly because of my passion for anime. I often wrote down the words from anime in my notebook and memorized them.

I learned that I must learn to manage my own life and appreciate this life.

I would encourage them to enjoy their time in Japan, try many things they have never tried before, challenge eating new food, observe things that are new to you. If you do this you will surely enjoy your time in Japan.

My favorite scenic spot in Okinawa is Manzamo. I love natural scenery and when I am there I feel so grateful to be there.

Cambodia Von Miarea

Country of origin : Cambodia
Year of arrival in Japan : 2015
Status of residence : Nursing Care
Japanese skill : N2

Interview

In the future I would like to take care of my parents and my grandparents, who I adore.

I think Japan is a beautiful country. 

I feel joy when I see facility users smile and laugh.

My colleagues working here all have good communication with each other and they are all friendly. Also, this nursing care facility was newly built so it is a nice, clean environment.

I am renting a room near the train station which is very convenient for my daily life.

Most Japanese are good people. Whenever I have any problems, they always help me to solve those problems.  

While I was living in Japan, I acquired the certificate of Certified Care Worker. Next, I want to get the certificate of Certified Social Worker.

Nursing care work is a difficult job, but when we truly practice it this job also has enjoyment too. Moreover, this job is essential for society. For example, even in this Corona virus pandemic, some jobs in the economy are lost but care work is always needed.

In Cambodia people always go to the hospital when they are sick to get care from a doctor. When they recover they return home and if they are elderly their children will take care of them.

The greatest joy in nursing care work is seeing the users smile at us.

I was sometimes told by elder people that they were happy when they saw me coming to work. Also, I was praised by their families for my hard work and they would say “Thank you for your help”.

To be suitable for care work I think you have to be a very patient person and rarely get angry.

As I said before, my goal is to receive the certificate of Certified Social Worker.

I chose Japan because it is one of the famous countries of the world. Japan has many differences from my country, such as transportation. Whether the destination is near or far most Japanese people commute by train because it is convenient. But in Cambodia most people commute by cars or motorbikes.  

When discussing Japan in my country the first thing that comes to mind is technology because in Japan it is so advanced.

I came to Japan with my husband so to relax in my free time I always go for a walk and eat out somewhere with my husband.

When I first came to Japan I didn’t understand what anybody said to me and I couldn’t reply to them either.
When I don ‘t understand what users are saying I always ask my Japanese friends, teachers or my work colleagues to teach me.

I think I now have a clear plan for my future. Also, one more thing, my living standard is getting much better than before.

When you come to live in Japan you should try to make a lot of friends and on your days off visit many places, take walks, eat and relax.

I like to eat tempura. I also like Japanese noodles.

It is hard to say which place I like most, but I like places with a lot of flowers. Japan is a country with many flowers and I enjoy taking many flower watching trips.

Mongolia Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL

Country of origin : Mongolia
Year of arrival in Japan : 2020
Status of residence : Technical Intern Trainee
Japanese skill : N3

Mongolia Batgerel ARIUNGEREL

Country of origin : Mongolia
Year of arrival in Japan : 2019
Status of residence : Technical Intern Trainee
Japanese skill : N2

Interview

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】When I was in Mongolia, reading a book made me want to go to a different country, meet more people, and learn more. At that time, Japan felt closest to me, maybe because Sumo wrestling is similar to Mongolian wrestling. I was also intrigued by Japanese history and medicine when I heard that Mount Fuji connects underground to Mount Otgontenger in Mongolia. So I decided to go to Japan and start learning Japanese. 

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】I like learning foreign languages. I have studied two to three foreign languages before. From an early age, I loved Japanese-related things, such as Japanese movies, so I decided to learn Japanese and enrolled in a Japanese language school.Nursing care jobs were announced at our Japanese language school in Mongolia. At that time, it was the first time in my life that I had ever heard about nursing care jobs.

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】I am a nurse by profession. I grew up with my grandmother, but unfortunately, I couldn’t be with her when she died eight years ago.After that I decided to work in nursing care, because I wanted to help other older people live a more peaceful and happy life until they die. 

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】Because my job is to interact with people, I become happier when I see that the users are delighted. Also, it cheers me up when they sleep well at night and wake up full of energy.When you work long enough, you can sense your user’s physical condition, just like a family. That is what inspires me the most from my work.

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】I am happy when I hear a user’s compliment and when I read their thank you note. 

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】
I can’t compare my facility to other nursing care facilities because I don’t know about them. My colleagues are very friendly, helpful and always support each other. In addition, the green area in our facility is very impressive and, I like it a lot.

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】The advantage of this nursing care facility is that it has many experienced employees. Currently, I am working at a “short-stay” facility, and the employees of this unit are very talented and experienced,all having 3 to 10 years of experience. Therefore, they usually assist and help me when I encounter some difficulties.

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】One of the advantages is that my region is close to Tokyo. However, because of Covid-19, I haven’t been to Tokyo yet. I am looking forward to going there. Also, I heard that Tokyo is one of the safest places for natural disasters. 

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】I went to the Uchiwa festival of Kumagaya city in July, 2019. It was my first time to attend a festival in Japan, and it was impressive for me. 

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】I am aiming to improve my Japanese skill in a short time. In the future, I want to study social welfare and public health in Japan. 

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】I will advise people who want to work as a care worker to listen to your heart. If you do this job only for the sake of salary, then you might get discouraged. It is not a difficult job if you treat people properly and kindly.You should study the physical and psychological characteristics of elderly people and improve your listening ability. Listening to Japanese podcasts and watching movies in Japanese are excellent exercises for learning Japanese.

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】To those who come and work as a care worker, it is challenging work, but once you get used to it, you can enjoy the work.There are many difficulties, times of happiness, and of course, things to learn. Also, caring for the elderly is a great deed.

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】It makes me feel happy when user’s constipation is relieved or they eat and sleep well. I felt overwhelming happiness one time when my hands were cold, one of the users held my hand and said that “you have cold hands but a warm heart”. 

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】My happiest moment was when people with dementia remembered my name. 

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】I am learning from my colleagues that even the smallest things are also important. 

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】After I began work as a care worker, I experienced my first job of changing a person’s diaper, assisting bathing, and giving first aid.Most recently, for the first time, I learned how to call an ambulance and what to do when they arrived

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】When I first started to learn about nursing care work, I didn’t exactly get the right information. It was all new for me. For example, what I will do, who are the users,what is the difference between caring for elderly in Mongolia and in Japan, what is the dementia disease and so on.In Mongolia, there are not many people with dementia disease, therefore I didn’t know how to communicate and care for them. Since coming here, I have learned a lot of things.

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】I did a lot of self-preparation exercises, especially for listening, because I thought it would be difficult to speak with and understand Japanese people.

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】I am learning how to work in a Japanese organization. It is a great experience.

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】I have learned how to give first aid. Also, I learned what action I should take depending on a person’s body temperature. 

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】I learned how to communicate with older people and understand them very well. Also, I learned to control my emotions. 

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】I have become very calm since working a care worker. Also, I learned to control my own emotions. 

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】I hope that once the COVID-19 disease is over, a more interesting and fun part of my life will begin. Japan has a lot of fun things to do with the ocean and the mountains.I also want to eat traditional Japanese cuisine and take the Shinkansen, which is a modern train. I heard that there is a snowy place like winter even when it is a hot summer.The summer is sweltering outside, meantime here inside the office it is cold.

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】Work as a care worker is difficult and stressful, therefore don’t spend your time in Japan just focused on work and saving money.Spend your time doing things you love. For example, if you like to play music then play a piece of music or if you want to do some sports do sports.I think if you work as efficiently as possible, all will be more fun and more peaceful.

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】Japanese yogurt is similar to Mongolian plain yogurt. Therefore I became a yogurt fan here. 

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】There are delicious foods, sweets, and cakes in Japan. Japan has many types of cakes and sweets, which is rare in Mongolia.Mainly, I was impressed by the raisin cake when I first tasted it.

【Damdinsuren ISHINKHOROL】The nearest park has beautiful nature and trees. I like to go there during the weekends. 

【Batgerel ARIUNGEREL】The “short-stay” facility organizes outdoor activities with my users and we once went to see a plum tree park.Since in Mongolia, flowers rarely bloom in March, it was very nice for me to see flowers blooming in March for the first time. It’s definitely one of the most memorable moments of my stay in Japan.

Myanmar Mar Mar Win

Country of origin : Myanmar
Year of arrival in Japan : 2019
Status of residence : technical intern trainee (ii)
Japanese skill : N3

Myanmar Ei Ei Mon

Country of origin : Myanmar
Year of arrival in Japan : 2019
Status of residence : technical intern trainee (ii)
Japanese skill : N3

Interview

【Mar Mar Win】I decided to come to Japan because it is a safe place and has high levels of technology. 

【Ei Ei Mon】I decided to come to Japan because it is a safe place and has high levels of technology. 

【Mar Mar Win】Taking care of my father and mother was the trigger to become a care worker.

【Ei Ei Mon】I chose this job because nursing care has many merits in my home country.

【Mar Mar Win】I think Japan is a safe place and easy for foreigners to work in.

【Ei Ei Mon】I think that the Japanese people strictly follow the rules.

【Mar Mar Win】Before coming to Japan, I studied at a Japanese language school in Myanmar. Since coming to Japan I have been studying Japanese language by reading nursing care texts and by asking senior staff in the workplace when I have questions.

【Ei Ei Mon】To study Japanese language and nursing care service, I used YouTube, internet contents, and books.

【Mar Mar Win】Nursing care services related to bathing are my favorite.

【Ei Ei Mon】I love to talk to elderly people in our nursing care facility.

【Mar Mar Win】Our apartment is close to the nursing care facility, and I love that.

【Ei Ei Mon】Everything is fine at this nursing care facility.

【Mar Mar Win】I can easily purchase what I want and it is fresh.

【Ei Ei Mon】I think transportation and buying food are easy to do because our apartment is near to the supermarket, department store, and railway station.

【Ei Ei Mon】Seeing snow was the most impressive episode. I had never seen snow in Myanmar. The first snow in Japan was a sweet memory in my life.

【Mar Mar Win】I would like to get the qualification of Certified Care Worker.

【Ei Ei Mon】My dream is to be a Japanese teacher, as my parents are teachers.

【Mar Mar Win】I recommend that you to come to Japan because it is a safe place to live and has high levels of technology. Also, you can buy fresh products and anything you need at the shopping malls in Japan.

【Ei Ei Mon】I would advise other people to chose this nursing care job because you can learn the techniques about nursing care which you can use in our home country.

【Mar Mar Win】I felt happy when I heard the elderly people at the nursing care facility say “Thank you, thank you”.

【Ei Ei Mon】I am very happy when elderly people in our facility treat and talk to us the same way they would to Japanese even though we are foreigners.

【Mar Mar Win】When I talk to the families of elderly people in our facility I talk about my home country of Myanmar.

【Ei Ei Mon】I used to talk to the elderly people in the facility about my country, and also about myself.

【Mar Mar Win】Yes, I was told by some people at the facility that my work had improved.

【Ei Ei Mon】I was praised for my good Japanese language skills, even though I am a foreigner.

【Mar Mar Win】I usually talk about fun things and funny stories.

【Ei Ei Mon】There are many things to talk about, especially regarding our home country and my job.

【Mar Mar Win】I realized that eating nutritious foods, getting good sleep, taking medicine regularly, and so on are effective.

【Ei Ei Mon】After providing nursing care services to elderly people, I learned that taking a hot tub bath everyday is good for physical health and also good for your entire life.

【Mar Mar Win】Yes I had difficulty because the Japanese language that I learned in Myanmar was standard Japanese, but in the real workplace most of the people were speaking in the local dialect.

【Ei Ei Mon】Yes there were some difficulties. Although the Japanese language I learned in Myanmar was standard Japanese, Japanese staff at my facility used a local dialect that I did not understand. Because of this, I faced communication difficulties.

【Mar Mar Win】I think kind people are suitable for nursing care work.

【Ei Ei Mon】I think people who love elderly people.

【Mar Mar Win】I think it is because I like to take care of elderly people.

【Ei Ei Mon】Because I wanted to learn nursing care techniques and use them in my home country.

【Mar Mar Win】Although I understood what the elderly people were saying, it was difficult for me to respond.

【Ei Ei Mon】I can understand them if they use standard Japanese, however if they use a local dialect it is difficult for me to understand.

【Mar Mar Win】When I do not understand words spoken by elderly people at the facility, I ask the supervisor who is working with me.

【Ei Ei Mon】I ask again if I do not understand.

【Mar Mar Win】I think it has improved a lot.

【Ei Ei Mon】When I first arrived in Japan, my Japanese skill was not so good. Now, I can use Japanese like a native speaker.

【Mar Mar Win】I study Japanese language by reading books, using a dictionary to learn Kanji, and asking senior Japanese staff about words I do not know.

【Ei Ei Mon】To study Japanese I use the internet to listen to Japanese teachers’ explanations. Also, I study with text books.

【Mar Mar Win】I spend my days off studying and shopping.

【Ei Ei Mon】I study at home and sometimes go out.

【Mar Mar Win】I really like “Takoyaki”. It is a ball-shaped Japanese snack made from wheat flour and some octopus in the middle.

【Ei Ei Mon】I love curry called “Curry Rice” in Japan which tastes and looks like bean curry in Myanmar.

【Mar Mar Win】I like the sea of Japan where the water is clear and blue. The waves are strong and flowing, so it is very beautiful and makes me feel refreshed.

【Ei Ei Mon】I love the place called “Otogi no mori” where I can enjoy beautiful flowers. “Otogi no mori” is about a 10 minute bike ride from our apartment.

【Mar Mar Win】Japan is a safe country to live in, has high technical knowledge about nursing care services, and you can buy fresh and good quality products whenever you want so I suggest that you come to Japan.

【Ei Ei Mon】Myanmar people try to do good deeds everyday to obtain blessings. Nursing care service is a job with plenty of deeds, so I advise you to come to Japan and work at this job. In addition, you can support your family by working in Japan, which makes you feel happier. With all these benefits I advise you to choose this job.

Nepal Ghimire Dharmika

Country of origin : Nepal
Year of arrival in Japan : 2014
Status of residence : Nursing Care
Japanese skill : N3

Interview

when I was a child, I read about the war between America and Japan during the Second World War. That was the first time for me to know about Nagasaki and Hiroshima, so I wanted to visit and see Nagasaki and Hiroshima. To fulfil that desire I have come to Japan on a student visa.

Since I was a child, I loved to help and to serve elderly people, children and handicapped people. Because of that emotion, I have chosen to work for the elderly people.

Japan is a developed country and a safe place to live. Almost any work can be done by using convenient machines.

I am glad to help the handicapped and elderly people, those who cannot survive by themselves.

I sometimes eat food prepared for elderly people in the facility, and find that the food is really tasteful and healthy.

The place I am living in is peaceful, and the supermarket is nearby.

Japan is a very safe place for women, which is one of the reasons I have chosen to come here and work. You can travel to any place at any time without any worries.

I wish to help elderly people in Nepal after coming back to Nepal by making use of what I learned in Japan and school.

A High-level of language skill is required for the people who work in nursing care to easily communicate with the elderly. It is important to know what the workplace is like and what skills you need to do the job.

I am so glad when the elderly people smile and say “thank you for your service”. It is also a pleasure to hear when they say “Thank you very much for providing us services even though you come from a different country”.

We talk about the work elderly people did when they were young, and about their hobbies, wishes, families, favorite things, and favorite foods.

The work is easy and fun to do. However, sometimes you have to use all your body force to move the elderly from one place to another, which can cause body ache and back pain. The job is as hard as it is easy.

People who work in nursing care should be kind and helpful. You should respect elderly people, and listen patiently. You should not feel shame and disgust.

I have chosen Japan because it is a safe place for women.

If I face any issues, I look it up on the internet and/or ask senior staff members for help.

I try to ask many times to staff members and elderly people in the workplace until I clearly understand.

On my days off, I purchase necessary goods, clean my house, and call my family in Nepal. I try to study as much as I have time.

I like sashimi, tempura, and soba.

The natural beauty can be seen whenever you visit a park or go to the countryside.

By living with elderly people, listening to their old stories, and building closer relationships, it becomes easier and more fun to work.

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