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No. of foreign residents in Japan rises to record 3.2 million

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If only the locals would stop treating us as dumb tourists and assuming we know nothing.

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Japan doing good in securing people who are able to pay pension system (against their will) to support Japanese senior citizen.

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over 3.61 million Japanese nationals left the country for reasons including tourism

Seems very small. In 2019 it was over 20 million for the year.

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The backlash is coming.

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We definitely need more Europeans but they often don't want to work for low wages.

I can not believe anyone actually said something like this.

What Japan NEEDS is quality people, no matter where they come from.

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The largest groups are Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese. Europeans/North Americans number less than 100,000 or about 0.05% of the foreign population.

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I see lots of these “highly skilled” workers in my area….pulling up carrots in fields.

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Japanese likes cheap Asian labour .

-9 ( +15 / -24 )

No shame in pulling up carrots but not sure my back could handle it.

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Carrots are harvested by machines.

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And rabbits.

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as more workers entered to meet demand created by the country's labor shortage.

yes, I’m sure that’s the main purpose for these immigrants to enter japan.

to fill roster spots among the underwhelming low pay positions.

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factcheckerToday 07:12 am JST

If only the locals would stop treating us as dumb tourists and assuming we know nothing

Amen. Never happen though. It's a struggle that will never have that result due to the grooming that happens from birth.

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The number of foreigners not born in the country, unlike the Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese is small.

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as more workers entered to meet demand created by the country's labor shortage.

It is very short-sighted to "solve" a labour shortage problem by importing people. This only increases the demographic imbalance, as the imports are adults who will reach pension age eventually and then require even more imports to support them, as base keeps shrinking. But short-term thinking is the trademark of politicians.

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sakurasuki

Japan doing good in securing people who are able to pay pension system (against their will) to support Japanese senior citizen.

Only in the short term, as down the road an even smaller number of people being born now, will have to support these imported senior citizens in turn. Unless you want to import foreign labour endlessly, which is also unsustainable.

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If only the locals would stop treating us as dumb tourists and assuming we know nothing.

there are advantages of acting a dumb tourist when youre a permanent resident LOL

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Europeans/North Americans number less than 100,000 or about 0.05% of the foreign population.

all the white boys/gals are english teachers, didnt you know. LOL

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wtfjapan

Europeans/North Americans number less than 100,000 or about 0.05% of the foreign population.

> all the white boys/gals are english teachers, didnt you know. LOL

I am not and many others too. Yawn.

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Exactly Wallace...in all the time I lived in Japan (4-5 different times) I was NEVER an "English Teacher" lol.

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I am not and many others too. Yawn.

you failed to see the sarcasm, I havent taught English in 20yrs, been doing my own business for the last 15yrs.

you could probably make more money working for McDonalds than teaching english now.

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Well, I’ve lived in Japan 22 years, 22 can you believe it? Never been an English teacher, no way Pedro! I started a business shortly after moving here, I love a challenge and also don’t like working for others. Been self employed since 1990. I couldn’t have done though if I hadn’t moved here on a spouse visa though, mind you.

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No. of foreign residents in Japan rises to record 3.2 million

And will be minus 3.2 million when they realize how much tax they pay here.

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factcheckerToday  07:12 am JST

If only the locals would stop treating us as dumb tourists and assuming we know nothing.

never in 30+ years here been treated as dumb, or tourist, or dumb tourist....

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Larr Flint

The one thing I'm afraid is if war with Taiwan and China starts all those Chinese living in Japan might behave like the inside army.

Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah. Similar logic was used to lock up all the Japanese and Japanese-Americans in the US during WWII.

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The one thing I'm afraid is if war with Taiwan and China starts all those Chinese living in Japan might behave like the inside army.

That’s exactly what the US government thought about the Japanese living in the US during WWII, even if they were US citizens.

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We definitely need more Europeans 

Why? Can you give any reasons? Be specific as to the need for Europeans.

Japan needs carefully selected immigrants for specific roles. Being white is not a requirement.

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That’s right!we need more immigrant to work in the factory so they don’t have to increase pay to compete with other industries. University graduates are most certainly not going to want to do those jobs. It reminds me of the post war Britain and the wind rush generation. Brought over to do the jobs the Brit’s didn’t want to do, then sent ba k and kicked out when they’re time or duty was done. Sadly I expect Japan to do that when they have been here 40 years, had children and demand certain rights. We’ve seen it time and time again. Japan will bring about a 100,000 in every year. And whe a recession hits, I wonder who will lose their jobs first, kicked out, and also who will the Japanese blame when they can’t get a job or even a wage rise. We saw them kick out lots post 2008. Finally the demographic time bomb, tax bomb, is ticking louder and louder for Japan.one advantage Japan has is it can look at the mistakes Britain, France, Germany, holland, Italy, Denmark etc and see what they got right and keep peaceful society. Otherwise they will riot! As we saw in Europe. Treat us fairly not as your slaves!

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No shame in making a living whether teaching english or pulling carrots. I made many friends that I still have when I taught in Oita and may do it after retirement for pocket money.

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@Sakurasuki, except perhaps some language students who work 2 jobs but don't pay the right dues. Funny how their data didn't include that group.

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The Japanese Government a few years ago expressed "an interest" in bringing into the Country more Indian IT workers. It would be interesting to see the breakdown stats of Foreign Nationals within Japan - both Working and Not, and also by age group.

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The Chinese are buying proprieties and land in a frenzy for the past 20-30 years. And most important land where you can make crops.

SOON the Japanese will start to buy their own land from them...

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DanteKH

The Chinese are buying proprieties and land in a frenzy for the past 20-30 years. 

Just like the Japanese did in the US in the 70's, 80's, and 90's.

What goes around, comes around.

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