About 90 percent of foreign residents in Japan who responded to a government survey say they need more public support with their living conditions, with assistance in finding housing sought most, the internal affairs ministry said Tuesday.

The survey of 375 foreign students and workers highlighted the pressure to enhance the living environment for foreign residents, which has increased due to April's launch of a visa system to address chronic labor shortages.

Asked about specific needs in a multiple-choice question, 63.7 percent called for more rentable residences for foreign nationals and information on them, and 44.0 percent sought more hospitals with services in English or their mother tongue, and information about them.