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Japan immigration

Japan's immigration rebound does little to stem labor shortage

Foreign residents set to keep rising with easing of COVID controls

Japanese policy on foreign workers is reaching an inflection point, with a government panel recommending scrapping the technical intern training program.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan saw its first net population increase from immigration in two years in 2022, official data released Wednesday shows, but this failed to head off a 12th straight year of decline in the overall working-age population.

The number of people aged 15 to 64 fell 0.4% on the year to 74.21 million as of Oct. 1. While the demographic segment edged up 0.03 percentage points as a share of the population to 59.39%, the trend is still toward a dire shortage of the workers at the core of Japan's economy.

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