Foreign working population in Japan jumps to record high


The number of foreign workers in Japan totaled 907,896 at the end of October, the most since the government started requiring employers to submit reports on their non-Japanese employees in 2007, the labor ministry said.

The figure, up 15.3 percent from a year before, reflects a rise in students from abroad acquiring 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 those with permanent resident status to find work, the ministry said Friday.

By nationality, Chinese accounted for most of the foreign working population at 322,545, or 35.5 percent of the total, followed by Vietnamese, Filipinos and Brazilians. The figure for Vietnamese represents a spike of about 80 percent from the year before.

At the current pace, the number of foreign nationals working in the country is expected to exceed 1 million in several years, an official in the Foreign Workers’ Affairs Division said.

Correction, Jan. 31, 2016:

This article has been corrected to reflect the fact that the numbers quoted refer to the foreign worker population in Japan, and not the foreign population.