Japan is employing ever more immigrant workers
With an aging population causing a labour shortage in some industries, historically immigration-averse Japan has been welcoming more and more foreign workers. As the Wall Street Journal recently wrote, it’s also loosening regulations, potentially letting them stay in the country for good.
As our charts show, the numbers have quadrupled in just 15 years – and the foreign-born now account for 2 percent of the total labour force. The effects in the services, retail and hospitality sectors are easily seen in this visualisation.
The number of foreign-born construction workers is small, but also notable, taking an upturn in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics.