Remember the special visa for 2,000 highly-qualified professionals? The GOJ managed to rope in, err, 17 fresh bodies. There was another 434 who upgraded from existing visas, 246 Chinese, 32 USA, 19 Indians, 16 South Koreans and so on.
Remember all the Philippine and Indonesian nursing staff struggling to pass exams? I was surprised to learn that Chinese exam passers far surpass them, and Vietnam equals them. In detail, 30 out of 311 South-East Asians passed, whereas over 600 Chinese students are here, and 183 passed this year. As mentioned about, 30 Vietnamese also passed, as did 4 South Koreans, for a total of 217 new foreign nurses.
Oh, and someone goes オヤジ狩り again.