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Japan immigration

Record 25,900 foreign students landed jobs in Japan in 2018

Asian countries accounted for 95%, led by China, Vietnam and Nepal

A recruiting event for foreign students in Japan: Companies are looking for international talent to offset a labor shortage. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

TOKYO -- An all-time high of 25,942 foreign students in Japan found work at Japanese companies and changed their residence status last year, the Immigration Services Agency announced on Wednesday.

The figure was up by 3,523 from 2017, marking the eighth straight annual increase and the highest since record keeping began in 1992.

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