Number of foreign workers in Okinawa reaches 5,971

Okinawa Labor Bureau announced Thursday that the number of foreign workers in Okinawa Prefecture has risen to 5,971, as of the end of October 2016, an increase of 21.9% or 1,073 from the same time a year before.

The number is the largest since 2007 when employers were obligated to submit such information. The number of companies that employ foreign workers was also a new record 1,279.

Nepali nationals make the largest group of foreign workers with 1,610, followed by 890 from China, and 838 from the Philippines.

A representative of Okinawa Labor Bureau says, “The Labor Standard Act applies to foreign workers the same as Japanese, and we would like these companies to observe it.”