The year-on-year rate of population growth in central Tokyo has been improving in 2022. During the pandemic, the population of Japanese residents in the central three wards of Minato, Chiyoda, and Chuo, remained stable as remote work failed to have the same impact Tokyo that it did in other international cities.

A noticeable drop was seen in the number of registered foreign residents as a two-year pause on the issuance of new visas meant the normal outflow of foreign residents was not met with any new inflow. Japan resumed the issuance new visas in March 2022.

In the Tokyo metropolitan area, the population of foreign residents reached a peak of 579,086 in February 2020 – a 4.7% increase from the year prior. Over the next 24 months, resident numbers dropped to 516,101 – a 10.9% decline.

Between January and October of this year, the population of Japanese residents in the central 3 wards has increased by 0.64%, hitting a new record high of 470,946 residents last month.

The population data is based on the basic register of residents supplied by each ward and updated on the 1st of each month.

Source: Tokyo Metropolitan Government Statistics Division.