Vietnamese people in Japan. Illustrative photo (Source: Internet)

Tokyo (VNA) – About 6,520 Vietnamese people reside in three northern prefectures, namely Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma, in Japan’s Kanto region, an increase of 2.5 percent from 2010. 

The figure, revealed by Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications on October 26, shows the close economic ties between Vietnam and the Japanese localities. Most Vietnamese people in the prefectures work in agriculture and manufacturing. 

Vietnam ranks sixth among countries with people living in the three prefectures, rising one spot from seventh in 2010. 

Among 104,930 total immigrants in the three prefectures, China forms the biggest group with 21,154, followed by Brazil, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Peru.-VNA