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Care workers struggling with kanji / Indonesian nurses finding Japanese writing system a formidable challenge
Hiroshi Uesugi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
"We have something similar to 'chahan' in Indonesia. It's called nasi goreng," said Tyas Palupi, a nursing care worker from Indonesia, as she fed a spoonful of fried rice to an elderly woman at Midori no Sato nursing care home in Aoba Ward, Yokohama.
Palupi, 27, is one of about 200 Indonesians who arrived in Japan in the summer to work as nurses and nursing care workers under the Economic Partnership Agreement signed by the two countries.
Most of the Indonesians currently are receiving Japanese lessons as part of a six-month training program before they start working at …