Japan’s labor ministry says the number of registered foreign workers in the country has hit a record high.
Employers reported a total of 1.72 million as of last October. The figure is up 4 percent from a year before, although the pace of increase fell 9.6 points.
Vietnamese workers were the largest group by nationality with 444,000. Chinese nationals numbered 420,000, and workers from the Philippines 185,000. Vietnamese topped the list for the first time.