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Japan Strips Record 832 Foreigners of Residency in 2018

Japan Strips Record 832 Foreigners of Residency in 2018

   Tokyo, Aug. 21 (Jiji Press)--Japan stripped a record 832 foreigners of their resident status in 2018, more than double the previous year's level, the Immigration Services Agency said Wednesday.
   The surge reflected stronger crackdowns against foreigners who were removed from schools but stayed in Japan working as part-timers and technical intern trainees working at companies different from their designated ones after going missing, according to the agency.
   Another factor was the expansion of the authority to investigate matters related to resident status removal, which had been limited to immigration inspectors, to immigration control officers.
   Of the total, 412 foreigners were stripped of resident status as students, accounting for the largest share. Those who lost their status as trainees came next at 153, followed by those stripped of resident status as spouses or children of Japanese nationals at 80.
   By country, the number of Vietnamese was largest at 416, followed by Chinese at 152 and Nepalese at 62.

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