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Japan immigration

Ski resort among Japan towns where one in 10 are foreigners

Influx of overseas workers changes demographics in rural areas

The Tomamu ski resort, popular among foreigners, relies heavily on foreign workers to operate the facility.

TOKYO -- Japan's influx of overseas workers is spreading to rural communities across the country, with foreign nationals accounting for at least 10% of the population in 10 municipalities last year, up from just four in 2013, government data shows.

Topping the list with a 22.7% share was the village of Shimukappu in central Hokkaido, home to the Tomamu ski resort. Tomamu's popularity with overseas tourists has fueled demand for foreign workers at hotels and other facilities. The 10 municipalities nationwide included two other Hokkaido towns, both near the capital city of Sapporo.

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