JSP Symposium

Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University

Symposium “Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA): Are Our Nurses Going to Japan?”
6 August 2007, Monday, 3:00-5:00 pm
Ching Tan Room (SOM 111), Loyola Schools

Are our nurses and caregivers really going to Japan? The question has been asked so many times in the context of the signing of the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). Economic agreements of two countries, however, are not only a matter of policy and implementations. The resulting new flow of people, things, money and information is crucially affected by and does affect society of the partner countries beyond the planned change.

The Japanese Studies Program of the Ateneo de Manila University in relation to all the issues around and about the JPEPA will look at the issues once more. This symposium focuses on the issue of Philippine healthworkers. Three experts on this topic will expound on the dimensions of the JPEPA and its implications on the movement of natural persons.

Dr. Maragtas Amante, professor and former dean of the School of Labor and Industrial Relations, the University of the Philippines, will discuss the labor dimension of the JPEPA based on his latest research in Japan. Mr. Ron Vilog, a researcher and an instructor at the Global City Innovative College that trains nurses and caregivers, will talk about the institutional response of Philippine nursing and caregiver schools to the possible opening of Japan’s healthcare market. Dr. Lydia Yu-Jose, a noted scholar of Philippines-Japan relations and presently director of the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies, will be the discussant.

The symposium is co-organized by the Ateneo Center for Asian Studies. It will be held on 6 August 2007, 3:00-5:00pm, at the Ching Tan Room (SOM111) of the Loyola Schools, Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

For further information,
Please contact:
Japanese Studies Program
Ateneo de Manila University
(Tel. 426-6001 loc. 5248, Email: japanese@admu.edu.ph)