This Is How Many Foreigners Are Working in Japan Today

This might finally convince you to start your career in the country.

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More and more foreigners are moving to Japan either to start a new life or for work. Currently, there are 1,460,463 foreign workers in the country. There has been an increase of 181,793 people in the foreign working population, which is 14.2% greater compared to the same period of the previous year (the highest ever since the notification became mandatory in 2007). 


Meanwhile, the number of companies that are recruiting foreign workers is 216,348. An increase of 21,753 companies has also been observed, which is 11.2% greater compared to the same period in the previous year (the highest ever since the notification became mandatory in 2007).


By nationality, China has the largest population of foreign workers at 389,117 people (26.6% composition ratio of the total number of foreign workers). Second largest is Vietnam with 316,840 people (21.7%), then the Philippines with 164,006 (11.2%). Overall, the top three countries with the largest year-on-year growth rate are Vietnam (31.9%), Indonesia (21.7%), and Nepal (18.0%).


In this article, we introduce the kind of industries that benefit from the increase in foreign workers. We will also talk about the total number of foreign workers by industries and by residence status.


Let’s take a look at the number of foreign workers by country:

Number of foreign workers

Composition ratio

Total

1,460,463

Indonesia

41,586

2.8%

Philippines

164,006

11.2%

China

389,117

26.6%

Korea

62,516

4.3%

Vietnam

316,840

21.7%

Nepal

81,562

5.6%

Other

404,836

27.7%

There are 1.4 million foreign workers all in all in Japan.


Below are the various industries that benefit from the influx of foreign workers in Japan:

Total number of people

Philippines

Others

All Industries

1,460,463

164,006

1,296,457

Construction

68,604

8,144

60,460

Manufacturing

434,342

64,961

369,381

Information & Communication

57,620

1,673

55,947

Wholesale/ Retail

186,061

13,464

172,597

Accommodation & Food

185,050

8,232

176,818

Education

69,764

2,555

67,209

Health Care, Welfare

26,086

8,418

17,668

Service industry

230,510

35,503

195,007

The composition ratio of foreign workers in each industry are as follows:

Construction

4.7%

Manufacturing 

29.7%

Information & Communications 

3.9%

Wholesale & Retail

12.7%

Accommodation & Food service

12.7%

Education & learning support

4.8%

Health Care & Welfare

1.8%

Other services (automobile maintenance,  employment placement services, worker dispatch business, etc.)

15.8%

As you can see, the manufacturing industry has the largest number of foreign workers.


Aside from this, if you’re planning on working in Japan, you need to know the different kinds of residence status.


Below, we share with you the types of visas that foreign workers possess, as well as the number of workers there are per visa type. 

Residence Status

Total number of foreign workers

Nationals

Philippines

Other

Professional & Technical Field

Total

276,770

9,827

266,943

Other Skilled Labor

62,835

3,295

59,540

Engineer/

Specialist

in Humanities/ International Services

213,935

6,532

207,403

Special Activity

35,615

5,073

30,542

Technical Intern Training

308,489

29,875

278,614

Other activities

(Activity other than that Permitted under the Status of Residence Previously Granted)

Total

343,791

2,098

341,693

Other

45,330

582

44,748

Student

298,461

1,516

296,945

Resident status based on position

Total

495,668

117,125

378,543

Permanent Resident

287,009

68,554

218,455

Spouse of a Japanese 

89,201

17,416

71,785

Spouse of Permanent Resident

13,505

2,570

10,935

Long Term Resident

105,953

28,585

77,368

Unknown

130

8

122

Total number of all status of residence

1,460,463

164,006

1,296,457

Each residence may have varying expertise in the Japanese language, English language, and other skills.


Before deciding to work in Japan, it’s best to know information like these so you can prepare yourself accordingly. Happy job hunting!


Reference:
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Website

                 Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Website


 (29 November 2019)

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