Record Number of Foreigners Visit Japan in 2010

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Jan 19, 2011 08:54 English Japanese 日本語 英語 外国人 訪日 人口
So, for everybody living in Japan, it might not be so hot that I'll start today's journal without this news, following the previous journal.

You know, a severe lingering cold spell for Japan has still continued nationwide, bringing temperature plunging lower than usual with oppressive snowfall in some regions.

I wonder how you secure yourself against them.

Are you all right?

Today I would like to just talk about current Japanese situation of hosting foreigners from all over the world.

As you know, there are full of people overseas in Japan now!

However, can you believe this tale from back in the days when I was young (yes, now that I'm not so young ^^)

At that time, it's so rare we came across peoples from other countries, especially from the West, in Japan - at least, where I come from.

I think you could say that Japan is almost a homogeneous nation basically, as history has illustrated.

So, how many foreign residents are in Japan now?

Actually, according to the national population statistics a short while ago, more than two million people are residents here; about 28% of them are Chinese and about 27% of them are Korean.

Most of them are second or third generation Koreans or Chinese who were born in Japan.

Let's get back to things I tossed above first: entry into Japan.

I'd like to cite from yesterday's news: the number of foreigners entering Japan last year hit a record high of more than 9.44 million!

Record high!

It means the largest number of visitors came over from across the globe despite Japan struggling in harsh stagnation of the economy!

whew, good heavens!
驚きです @0@

Thanks for reading (=^_^=)

For more information:

The number of South Koreans, the largest group of foreign nationals entering Japan, rose from the previous year by over 850,000, or 46 percent, to nearly 2.7 million.

More than 1.66 million Chinese people visited in 2010, a year-on-year increase of more than 420,000, or 34 percent.