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A record 2,382,822 foreign nationals were registered as living in Japan as of the end of last year, a 6.7 percent increase from the previous year, the Justice Ministry said Friday.

The total includes 228,588 staying on trainee visas, up 18.7 percent and also a record high, and 277,331 on student visas, up 12.4 percent. Meanwhile, the number of foreign nationals illegally staying in the country stood at 65,270 as of Jan. 1, increasing for the third consecutive year.

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