Vietnamese workers are finding better opportunities for work in Japan as many companies seem to prefer hiring them for their qualifications and capacity.

According to Japan’s Ministry of Justice, there were more than 240,000 Vietnamese workers in the country at the end of October last year, which is 18.8% of the number of foreign workers in Japan, VietnamNet reported.

The Vietnamese community is the second largest foreign group in Japan, after China which has 373,000 people there.

Several firms in Japan have hired Vietnamese workers, who have been with them for more than 10 years.

Koganei Seiki, a high-precision technology company, currently has 39 Vietnamese workers who have been working for them between three to 11 years.

The company’s president Yusuke Kamoshita said the group has been hiring Vietnamese workers to do the same job as their Japanese peers over the last 12 years.

Vietnamese workers are highly valued for their qualifications and capacity in Japan. Indeed, they reportedly have the fast growth among foreign communities in the country with a year-on-year rise of just under 40%.

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