PART 4 Trends in Offenses by Specific Types of Offenders and Their Treatment
Chapter 1 Foreign National Offenders

Section 1 Foreign Nationals Residing in Japan

1 New foreign national entrants

Thnationals that newly entered Japan in 2010 reached the record high level of 7,919,726, an increase of 1,800,332 (29.4%) from the previous year. By region of origin, the largest number came from other parts of Asia, accounting for 75.3%, followed by North America, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Africa, in that order. By nationality, etc., the largest number was 2,303,161 (29.1%) from the Republic of Korea, followed by 1,235,310 (15.6%) from Taiwan, 1,140,579 (14.4%) from China (excluding Taiwan and Hong Kong; hereinafter the same in this section), and 673,433 (8.5%) from the U.S.A. By status of residence, “Temporary Visitor” for sightseeing, etc. accounted for the highest proportion at 96.4%, followed by “Trainee” at 0.7%, “College Student” at 0.6%, and “Entertainer” at 0.4% (Source: The Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice).

The number of persons with alien registrations at the end of each year was increasing every year, reaching the record high level of 2,217,426 at the end of 2008, but then slightly decreased (as it did at the end of 2009) to 2,134,151 as of the end of 2010 (down 2.4% from the end of the previous year) (Source: The Immigration Bureau, Ministry of Justice).