The number of legal foreign residents in Japan came to 2,382,822 at the end of 2016, hitting a record high for the second straight year, due to robust inflows from Vietnam, the Justice Ministry said Friday.
The figure rose 6.7 pct from a year earlier.
The ministry also said illegal foreign residents increased 3.9 pct to total 65,270 as of Jan. 1, extending the rising streak to a third year, also thanks to the upsurge from Vietnam.
The total legal foreign residents, such as authorized workers and students, included 695,522 from China, 453,096 from South Korea, 243,662 from the Philippines and 199,990 from Vietnam.
On the total overstayers, 13,265 were from South Korea, 8,846 from China, 6,507 from Thailand and 5,137 from Vietnam.
Japan's Liberal Democratic Party on Friday submitted a record of email exchanges in which Akie Abe, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife, denies her alleged payment of one million yen to an embattled school operator. (Jiji)
Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Ground Self-Defense Force on Friday to withdraw its engineering troops taking part in a U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by the end of May. (Jiji)
Kobe District Court on Wednesday sentenced a man to death, as sought by public prosecutors, for fatally stabbing a total of five men and women in Awajishima, an island in the western Japan prefecture of Hyogo, in March 2015. (Jiji)
A Japanese woman has given birth to a girl after receiving in-vitro fertilization treatment with an egg from an anonymous third-party donor, a nonprofit organization based in the western Japan city of Kobe said Wednesday. (Jiji)