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Foreign Workers in Japan Top 1 Million for First Time in 2016 (News)

Tokyo, Jan. 27 (Jiji Press)–The number of foreign workers in Japan surged 19.4% from a year earlier to 1,083,769 as of the end of October last year, exceeding one million for the first time ever, government data showed Friday.

The growth reflected improvements in the employment situation and increases in the number of foreigners joining Japan’s technical intern training program and foreign students studying in the country, the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare said.

The number of foreign workers rewrote a record high for the fourth straight year, the ministry said.

By nationality, the number of Chinese workers was the highest, at 344,658, up 6.9%.

The number of Vietnamese workers rose 15.9% to 172,018, while that of Filipino workers grew 11.8% to 127,518.

[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]

  • [2017.01.30]
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