Foreign workers at record high

posted on January 31, 2016

The number of foreign workers in Japan came in at 907,896 as of the end of October, hitting its highest level since it became mandatory for employers to submit reports on foreign employees to the government in 2007, the labor ministry said Friday.

The figure was up 15.3 percent from a year before.

The increase reflected a rise in the number of students from abroad working in part-time jobs and securing employment after graduation.

In addition, more foreign people are participating in Japan's technical intern training program, while improvements in the employment situation have helped foreigners with permanent resident status to find work, the ministry said.

By country, the number of Chinese workers was the highest, at 322,545, or 35.5 percent of the total, followed by workers from Vietnam, the Philippines and Brazil.

source by the-japan-news
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