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A record number of foreigners living in Japan were stripped of their residency status in 2018, data from the country’s Im
migration Services Agency showed, even as Japan is widening its doors to foreign workers.亚博体育足彩app419论坛品茶微信
The immigration agency said on Wednesday that it revoked visas of 832 people last year, more than doubled the figure of a year earl
亚博体育足彩app419论坛ier. Almost 70 percent of them were students and technical trainees who failed to follow visa requirements.
By nationality, half of those who lost their residency status wer
e Vietnamese. They were followed by 152 Chinese, 62 Nepalese and 43 Filipinos.亚博体育足彩app419论坛品茶微信
Those who had their student status rescinded numbered 412, an increase from 172 in
2017. Meanwhile, 153 foreign workers had their technical trainee status revoked, up from eight in the year before.
亚博体育足彩app419论坛The number of residency revocations was the highest since 2005 when record-keeping began. According to the Japanese Just
ice Ministry, the most affected were people on student visas who quit their studies yet continued to work in Ja
pan and technical trainees who abandoned their assigned jobs and were working elsewhere.亚博体育足彩app419论坛
Meanwhile, there were 80 cases in which a spouse or child of a Japanese national were deprived of th
eir family member visas. Some had obtained their visas through fake marriages, the ministry said.亚博体育足彩app419论坛
As a nation with the world’s fastest aging society coupled with a low birthrate, Japan ado
亚博体育足彩app419论坛品茶微信pted new immigration laws to attract foreign workers in certain sectors starting from April.
However, with an increasing number of technical interns quitting jobs due to long-criticized “grim working conditions for forei
gners”, the government has also applied stricter standards for revoking visas since January 2017.亚博体育足彩app419论坛品茶微信
The Japanese Justice Ministry can cancel a visa for a wide range of reas
ons, such as failure to report a change of address within 90 days of moving.亚博体育足彩app419论坛
Kazuyuki Motohari, an official from the Immigration Services Agency, sai
d the Justice Ministry will further crack down on those who flout the law.