Foreign Residents in Japan Hit Record 2.63 M. at End-June
Tokyo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--The number of foreign nationals who lived in Japan as of the end of June grew 2.9 pct from a year earlier to a record high of 2,637,251, the Justice Ministry said Wednesday.
The rise reflected an increase in the number of international students and of foreigners who found employment in Japan after completing their studies in the country, according to the ministry.
By country of origin, foreign nationals from China topped the list of all legal medium- to long-term stayers in Japan plus permanent residents, with 741,656, followed by those from South Korea, at 452,701.
People from Vietnam came third with 291,494, 266,803 were from the Philippines, 196,781 were from Brazil and 85,321 were from Nepal.
In recent years, Japan has seen strong growth in the number of people from Vietnam and Nepal.
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