Recently the NHK News On-line reported the following:
January 27 4:38.
The number of foreign workers who worked in Japan last year was found out to be about 1,270,000 people and was the highest on record as noted by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare since statistics keeping began in 2008.
According to the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare as at the end of October last year the foreign workers who worked for a Japanese enterprise was 1,278,670 people, and compared with the 194,000 people at the end of October a year before it was a 18% increase and became the highest since 2008 when statistics keeping began.
On country basis the highest was the Chinese with 372,000 people, followed by 240,000 Vietnamese and 146,000 Filipino, the Vietnamese stood out when compared with a year earlier as it was an increase of nearly 40 %.
On industry basis 385,000 people worked in “industry", 189,000 people in “service industry" of cleaning, 166,000 people in “wholesale business” and “retail trade” such as convenience stores and supermarkets.
According to the residence qualification , Japanese descent or spouses of the Japanese was 459,000 people while students from abroad was 259,000 , skill learning student apprentice was 257,000 , students from abroad had increased by approximately 24 %.
The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare assumed that “against the background of labor shortage and a recovery of business conditions, students from abroad doing part-time jobs and skill learning student apprentice doing practice are increasing."
It seems that the economic ties between Japan and Vietnam are increasing.