The number of foreign residents of Japan has reached a record high of more than 2 million.
The Justice Ministry’s Immigration Bureau says that 2,307,388 foreigners were residing in the country as of the end of June.
There was an increase of 75,199, or 3.4 percent, compared to the survey conducted at the end of last December.
The numbers increased in Tokyo and all of the other 46 prefectures of the country. The total number is the largest since such statistics began to be kept in 1959.
By nationality, China topped the list of foreign residents at 677,571. South Korea came second at 456,917, followed by the Philippines at 237,103.
The number of Vietnamese increased to 175,744, up nearly 20 percent from 6 months earlier. It is also about 5 times as many as in a survey conducted in late 2007.
More than 20 percent of the foreign residents live in Tokyo.
Immigration officials say the Bureau will conduct proper management to curb illegal stayers and will also aim for a society in which Japanese and foreigners find it easy to live together.
Source and image: NHK