Foreign workers in Okinawa reaches largest record number of 7310 people

Foreign workers in Okinawa reaches largest record number of 7310 people


February 9, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo


On February 8, the Okinawa Labor Bureau announced that the number of foreign workers in Okinawa Prefecture reached a record high of 7,310 people (as of October 2017), an increase of 1,339 (22.4%) from the same month the previous year.

The countries from which the most foreign workers came were Nepal at 1,981 people (27.1%), the Philippines at 986 people (13.5%), and China including Hong Kong at 955 people (13.1%).

There are 1,445 companies employing foreign workers.


According to their statuses of residence, 2,436 people are students, 1,840 people are workers in skilled and engineering fields, and 926 people are technical interns.

The industry employing the most foreign workers is the accommodation and food service industry with 1,198 people.

There are 1,018 foreign workers in the wholesale and retailing industry, and 609 people work in the construction industry.


As of October each year, foreign workers in Okinawa numbered 3,388 in 2014, 4,898 in 2015, and 5,971 in 2016.

This number increases every year.

Among these workers, the number of people from Nepal has been growing every year, with 561 in 2014, 1,464 in 2015, and 1,610 in 2016.

In 2015, the workers from Nepal surpassed the number of those from China, which was the highest in the previous year.



(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)



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