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Japan immigration

One in ten Tokyoites in their 20s are now foreigners

Japan's population keeps shrinking, boosting the need for workers

About 42,000 foreigners live in Tokyo's Shinjuku area. (Photo by Wataru Ito)

TOKYO -- Among 20-somethings living in Japan's capital, one out of 10 are foreign-born, reflecting the rapidly shifting profile of the country's working population.

Throughout Japan, foreigners in their 20s numbered 748,000 at the beginning of the year, or 5.8% of the total, the government reported Wednesday. The figures exclude foreign nationals that are here for short stays, and typically include those with residency credentials staying for over three months.

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