Foreign population in Japan now highest on record

According to Immigration Services Agency data from from the end of June, there are now 2,829,416 foreign residents registered in Japan. This number is up 3.6 percent compared to the same time from last year, helped in part due to technical interns and workers entering Japan to help with the ongoing labor shortage. Technical trainees are now at 367,709 visa holders, surpassing the number of students (336,847).

At the time of the report, only 20 foreign residents were on the new Skilled Workers visa for blue-collar industries, but as of October, there are currently over 600. Permanent Resident visa holders are now the largest group of residents at 783,513, up 1.5 percent from last year. Tokyo also remains the prefecture with the highest amount of foreign residents, although numbers continue to raise across the country.