Foreign Workers in Japan Surpass 1 Million for First Time

More than a million foreign workers were registered in Japan as of last October, a new record and a 19 percent increase on the previous year. The government is seeking to entice more young people from overseas to work in one of Asia’s oldest countries, where more than a quarter of the 127 million people are over age 65. While Chinese workers remain the most numerous, the number of Vietnamese leaped by more than 50 percent in 2016, according to data released by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

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