Fewer Foreigners in Japan

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Tokyo -- New figures released by the Ministry of Justice show that the number of registered foreign residents in Japan in 2009 fell for the first time in 48 years.

The number of registered foreigners at the end of last year was 2,186,121, which represents a 1.4% drop from the previous year.

The figures also showed that foreigners make up about 1.7% of Japan's total population.

The foreign community in Japan increasingly consists of permanent residents, while those on training visas and Peruvians of Japanese descent are leaving in large numbers.

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