Sunday, January 22, 2017

[INTERVIEW NOTES] Ferdinand, Careworker, xxx, Japan

Respondent:  Ferdinand (alias only)
Date/Time/Place:  2017-1-22 / 20:00 - 22:30 / MCDO


Ferdinand entered Japan as a Trainee in [year] and was stationed in Hamamatsu.  He then married a third-generation descendant thereby gaining a spousal visa.  Ferdinand explains that while the marriage was fully legalized, it was an arranged one.  It was the Filipina who supposedly offered to help him stabilize his legal status thru marriage but with no strings attached, that is, no monthly payment to the Filipina and no commitments of physical intimacy between them.  Ferdinand narrates that eventually the Filipina wanted physical intimacy and this is what pushed him to move away from Hamamatsu.

Now Ferdinand was in touch via Facebook with a high school classmate of his -- Carla -- who lived in xxx City.  It was Carla who suggested to Ferdinand to come to xxx, recommending him to Goto Academy, a Japanese company training caregivers and fielding them to various carehouses.

Goto Academy then fielded Ferdinand to a nearby carehouse - Summer Care - one of many branches of a nationwide network of carehouses in Japan.  It was Summer Care that paid [amount] to Goto Academy for the caregiving training of Ferdinand.  This caregiving training was for a total of 24 sessions - 4 weekends (total of 8 days) for 3 months.  Ferdinand was not asked to repay Summer Care for the cost of the caregiving training.  Ferdinand explained that only recently did he learn that the requirement of Summer Care to Goto Academy for shouldering Ferdinand's training cost was that he stay with Summer Care for a minimum of 2 years.  In those three months that Ferdinand was completing the caregiving training during weekends he worked at Summer Care for five days a week, eight hours a day at 850yen per hour. 

After successfully completing the caregiving training, Ferdinand's salary increased.  His rate is now as follows:

> during morning shifts (7am - 4pm): 
7am - 9am:  950yen (basic rate) + 150yen (Osaka City subsidy/teate) + 500yen (premium pay) = 1,600yen
9am - 4pm:  950yen (basic rate) + 150yen (city subsidy/teate) = 1,100yen
(1 hour unpaid lunch break)
daily rate for morning shifts:  9,800yen per day ([1,600yen x 2hrs] + [1,100yen x 6hrs])

> during afternoon shifts (11am - 8pm): 
11am - 6pm:  950yen (basic rate) + 150yen (Osaka City subsidy/teate) = 1,100yen
6pm - 8pm:  950yen (basic rate) + 150yen (city subsidy/teate) + 300yen (premium pay) = 1,400yen
(1 hour unpaid lunch break)
daily rate for morning shifts:  9,400yen per day ([1,400yen x 2hrs] + [1,100yen x 6hrs])

Ferdinand's monthly salary depends on his weekly postings (whether morning or afternoon shifts).  Samples of weekly postings are here.

Ferdinand's work tasks include:

1.  Feeding
- preparing (not cooking) the food and placing it in the eating area; providing assistance to carehouse residents who need assistance while eating.

2.  Bathing
- full bathing service for any gender.  Ferdinand explains that residents have the option of requesting for a care worker of the same gender as the resident.

3.  Medicine distribution
- Distributing pre-packed and pre-allocated medicines to residents.

4.  Toilet assistance
- Helping residents with toilet tasks

Ferdinand is one of four Filipinos (all males) working at Summer Care.  The rest are Japanese workers.  There is one Taiwanese worker on weekends doing part-time hours.

Ferdinand received two bonuses:  a mid-year bonus of 20,000yen (16,000yen net) and a winter bonus of 30,000yen (24,000yen net).

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