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Japan immigration

Home sweet home: More foreigners settling in Japan long term

Over 40% have stayed for at least 3 years as students find jobs

More foreign students are choosing to stay in Japan after graduation. (Photo by Toshiki Sasazu) 

TOKYO -- Japan is seeing an increase in long-term foreign residents as a persistent labor shortage makes companies more willing to take on international students and job seekers to fill empty positions.

More than 40% of foreigners in Japan have been there for three years or more, a notable increase over the past 20 years, data shows. But its retention rate of international students still pales in comparison to that of Canada and Germany, indicating a need for increased support in job hunting.

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