Foreign residents in Japan hit record high for 2nd year
Jiji -- Mar 19
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.

News source: Jiji
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Jun 27
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