The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will conduct its first survey on how much foreign residents are paying in health insurance and pension premiums to analyze their current and future impact on Japan’s social security system.

The ministry, which currently has no data on payments made specifically by foreign nationals, will conduct the survey soon and is now working on the details, said an official at the office of general policy and evaluation.

The move comes as the nation prepares to accept more foreign talent, both skilled and unskilled, to make up for its severe labor shortage.