Record 385 Foreigners in Japan Get Resident Status Revoked in 2017

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--The number of foreigners who had their resident status revoked in Japan in 2017 jumped 31 pct from the previous year to 385, reaching a record high since such statistics were first compiled in 2005, the Justice Ministry said Friday.

The rise is believed to reflect an increase in the number of people from overseas living in Japan, including international students and foreigners who found employment in the country.

The ministry announced for the first time details of resident status cancellations.

Of the 385 people, the largest number, at 172, had resident status for study, more than double the 86 in the previous year. They were followed by 67 who had resident status for spouses or children of Japanese nationals and 66 who had a status reserved for specialists in humanities and international services, as well as engineers.

According to the ministry, the reasons behind the withdrawals included divorce and expulsion from schools in Japan due to lack of attendance. Some cases involved fake marriages to obtain resident status.

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