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Japan immigration

Foreign residents in Japan rise to record 2.6m

Technical interns, including nursing care workers, increase 4% in six months

Staff members help an elderly resident at a nursing home in Yamagata Prefecture. Nursing care was added to the technical internship program late last year.

TOKYO -- Japan's foreign residents increased 2.9% over the six months ended June to a record 2.63 million, with technical interns, including the newly created category of nursing care workers, showing notable growth.

The tally, announced Wednesday by the Ministry of Justice, is equivalent to about 2% of the national population. Those with technical intern training status increased more than 4% to 285,776. The addition of nursing care as a qualifying profession last November contributed to the growth.

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