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The number of foreign nationals who lived in Japan as of the end of 2017 grew 7.5 percent from a year earlier to hit a record high of 2,561,848, reflecting a jump in Vietnamese residents, the Justice Ministry said Tuesday.

The ministry also said the number of residents whose visa status was illegitimate as of Jan. 1 this year rose 1.9 percent to 66,498, up for the fourth consecutive year. That figure was also attributed to a surge in people from Vietnam.

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