The number of foreign workers in Japan surpassed 1 million for the first time last year, as the labor-strapped country struggles to find enough Japanese workers.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the country should put more Japanese women and the elderly to work first before accepting immigrants, but policymakers are exploring ways to bring in more foreign workers without calling it "Immigration".

Vietnamese workers were in second place, accounting for around 16 per cent of the total foreign workers but up over 50 per cent compared to the previous year.

Why would someone go out of their way to work in japan in the first place? Their work culture is even worse than the US's culture and no matter how well you perform you'll always be treated as a foreigner.