Number of specified skilled worker foreign residents as of March 2020 (Reiwa 2)

Press release

May 29, 2020 (Reiwa 2)
Immigration Services Agency

As of March 31, 2020 (Reiwa 2), the number of foreign nationals residing in Japan as specified skilled workers was 3,987 people, an increase of 2,366 people, or 2.5 times the 1,621 foreign nationals residing as specific skilled workers as of the end of 2019 (hereinafter referred to as the “previous figure”).

  1. Number of specified skilled worker foreign residents - Table 1, Table 9
    As of March 31, 2020 (Reiwa 2), the number of foreign nationals residing in Japan as specified skilled workers was 3,987 people, an increase of 2,366 people, or 2.5 times the previous figure.
    The number of males was 2,085 (52.3%) and the number of females was 1,902 (47.7%).
  2. Nationality/Region - Table 1, Table 4, Table 6, Table 7
    Among the top five countries/regions, the countries or regions that saw the greatest increase compared to the previous year were the People’s Republic of China (331 people; around 3.3 times higher) and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (2,316 people; around 2.6 times higher).

    (1) Socialist Republic of Vietnam 2,316 residents (58.1%) (previously 901)
    (2) Republic of Indonesia 456 residents (11.4%) (previously 189)
    (3) People's Republic of China 331 residents (8.3%) (previously 100)
    (4) Republic of the Philippines 235 residents (5.9%) (previously 111)
    (5) Republic of the Union of Myanmar 216 residents (5.4%) (previously 100)
  3. Specified Industry - Table 1, Table 2, Table 3, Table 4, Table 5, Table 9
    Compared to the previous year, the specified industries that saw the highest increases were electrical and electronic information-related industries (184 people; around 4.8 times higher), automobile maintenance (37 people; around 3.7 times higher), and nursing care (56 people; around 2.9 times higher).

    (1) Food and beverage manufacturing industry 1,402 residents (35.2%) (previously 557)
    (2) Agriculture 686 residents (17.2%) (previously 292)
    (3) Materials industry 437 residents (11.0%) (previously 193)
    (4) Industrial machinery manufacturing industry 428 residents (10.7%) (previously 198)
    (5) Construction industry 267 residents (6.7%) (previously 107)
    (6) Food service industry 246 residents (6.2%) (previously 100)
    (7) Electrical and electronic information-related industries 184 residents (4.6%) (previously 38)
    (8) Shipbuilding and marine industry 156 residents (3.9%) (previously 58)
    (9) Nursing care 56 residents (1.4%) (previously 19)
    (10) Fishing 42 residents (1.1%) (previously 21)
    (11) Automobile maintenance 37 residents (0.9%) (previously 10)
    (12) Building cleaning 27 residents (0.7%) (previously 13)
    (13) Accommodation 19 residents (0.5%) (previously 15)
  4. Prefecture - Table 2, Table 5, Table 6, Table 8
    Compared to the previous year, the prefectures that saw the greatest increase in foreign nationals residing as specified skilled workers were Chiba Prefecture (298 people; an increase of approximately 370%), Fukuoka Prefecture (228 people; an increase of approximately 330%), and Ibaraki Prefecture (220 people; an increase of approximately 290%). Iwate and Akita prefectures began accepting foreign nationals as specified skilled workers after not accepting them the previous year. As a result, specified skilled workers reside in all prefectures as of 2020.

    (1) Aichi Prefecture 337 residents (8.5%) (previously 127)
    (2) Chiba Prefecture 298 residents (7.5%) (previously 80)
    (3) Tokyo 259 residents (6.5%) (previously 94)
    (4) Saitama Prefecture 238 residents (6.0%) (previously 112)
    (5) Fukuoka Prefecture 228 residents (5.7%) (previously 69)
    (6) Ibaraki Prefecture 220 residents (5.5%) (previously 77)
    (7) Osaka Prefecture 188 residents (4.7%) (previously 103)
    (8) Gunma Prefecture 169 residents (4.2%) (previously 86)
    (9) Hiroshima Prefecture 169 residents (4.2%) (previously 73)
    (10) Hokkaido 142 residents (3.6%) (previously 85)
  5. By route of status acquisition (test, technical intern training, etc) (Table 7, Tabel 8)
    Foreign nationals who received the specified skilled worker residence status after completing technical intern training made up a majority (3,663 people; 91.9% of total), an increase of around 2,177 people, or 250%, compared to the previous year.

    (1) Technical Intern Training 3,663 residents (91.9%), previously 1,486 residents
    (2) Tests 281 residents (7.0%), previously 115 residents
    (3) Other (Note) 43 residents (1.1%), previously 20 residents

    (Note) This category refers to nursing care workers who received their status as candidates of the “EPA nursing care worker route,” as well as automotive mechanics who received their status through the “skilled labor route.”

*The percentages (%) given in 1 through 5 have been rounded to the nearest tenth and may not necessarily add up to 100.0%.

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