Foreign Student Hires in Japan Grow 15.7 Pct in 2018

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Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)--The number of foreign students who found employment in Japanese corporations in 2018 rose 15.7 pct from the previous year to 25,942, the Immigration Services Agency said Wednesday.

The figure, up for the eighth consecutive year, was the highest since records began in 1992. The increase can be attributed to growth in the number of foreign nationals studying in Japan.

China was the largest country of origin for foreign students hired in Japan, with 10,886 students, followed by Vietnam with 5,244, Nepal with 2,934 and South Korea with 1,575. Students from Asian countries accounted for 95.3 pct of all foreign students who found employment in Japan.

Nepalese students saw the largest growth in Japanese employment, increasing 44.8 pct. According to the agency, interest among Nepalese students in studying in Japan has been on the rise in recent years.

By type of employment, translation and interpretation were the most popular job description, with 23.6 pct of students hired for the work, followed by sales at 13.4 pct, overseas business at 9.0 pct and technology development in the field of data processing at 6.5 pct.

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