Okinawa records largest number of foreign workers

February 10, 2017 Ryukyu Shimpo

On February 9, the Okinawa Labor Bureau announced the number of foreign workers in Okinawa Prefecture was 5,971 people at the end of October 2016. Since the reporting of the employment of foreigners became mandatory in 2007, 1,279 businesses have reported their foreign employment figures, with 2016 the highest record yet.

The number of workers increased by 1,073 people (21.9%) compared to the same period last year, while the number of business increased by 222 companies (21.0%). Regarding the nationalities among the employees, 1,610 people were from Nepal which accounted for 27.0% of the total. 890 people (14.9%) are from China including Hong Kong and 838 people (14.0%) from the Philippines.

According to the status of residence, 2,083 people (34.9%) are students, making up the majority, 1,644 people (27.5%) has a status of residence such as a permanent residence, and 1,474 people (24.7%) are in specialized and technical fields.

By industry, the largest number , 977 people (16.4%) work in services such as building maintenance, 932 people (15.6%) in accommodation and food service industry, and 788 people (13.0%) work in wholesale and retailing business such as convenience stores.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)  

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