2011.05.31 (Review of 2007.04.24 edition)
Just as the word 外人 can cause non-Japanese to chafe, use of the English word “foreigner” is sometimes best avoided. Here's an alternative (and its opposite) that's frequently used in business and official situations.
(FOREIGN/LOCAL) NATIONAL 外国人／（その国の）国民、現地人
- A foreign national is someone who is NOT a citizen of the country he or she lives in or is visiting.
A local national is a citizen of the country he or she lives in.
- foreign national とは、住んでいる国、あるいは訪問先の国の国民ではない人、つまり、外国人のことです。
local national とは、居住する国の国民である人のことです。
- (someone in the HR department of a Japanese firm)
We've hired two foreign nationals this year - one Canadian and one Australian.
- (information on a government Web site)
Foreign nationals wishing to work in this country must apply to the Department of Immigration for a work permit.
- Foreign embassies often employ one or more local nationals to help with reception,
clerical duties, and other such work.