Foreign Residents in Japan Hit Record 2.83 M. at End-June

Politics

Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)--The number of legal foreign residents in Japan as of the end of June grew 3.6 pct from six months before to a record 2,829,416, the Immigration Services Agency said Friday.

The rise mainly reflects an increase in technical interns, mainly from Vietnam.

Permanent residents accounted for the largest share, totaling 783,513, followed by technical trainees, at 367,709, and those studying in Japan, at 336,847, the agency said in a preliminary report.

The number of foreigners staying in Japan under new resident status for people with certain technical skills, introduced in April, totaled only 20, according to the report. Legal foreign residents also include special permanent residents, such as Koreans.

By country or region, the number of Chinese residents was the largest, at 786,241, followed by South Koreans, at 451,543, Vietnamese, at 371,755, and Filipinos, at 277,409. Vietnamese residents increased sharply, by 12.4 pct, in the six-month period, with some 190,000 of the total residents from the Southeast Asian country staying as technical interns.

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