Greater Tokyo’s population sees a net inflow for the 23rd year in a row

In 2018 the greater Tokyo region (Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures) recorded the 23rd consecutive year of net population growth with a net inflow of 139,868 residents (135,600 of whom were Japanese citizens). This is a 16.8% increase from the net inflow seen in 2017 and the second year in a row to record an expansion in the growth rate. Over half of the net inflow were those aged between 20 and 24. 

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Latest population data: More over-65’s and less foreigners

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) announced the latest data on Japan’s population on March 16. The number of people aged 65 and over has exceeded 30,000,000 for the first time since record keeping began in 1950. Furthermore, those aged 65 and over exceeded the number of those aged 14 and below in every region across the country.

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Osaka sees first net inflow of new residents since 1973

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications released information on the migration movements within Japan in 2011 using data from the basic resident registers. Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures each saw a net outflow as residents moved out of the disaster-struck areas. The number of residents moving out exceeded the number of residents moving in to these three prefectures by 41,226. This is the first time since 1970 that the number has exceeded 40,000 residents.

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Chiba’s population declines for the first time in recorded history

Chiba Prefecture’s population has declined for the first time since record keeping began in 1920. Although the total population of greater Tokyo, which includes Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba, increased last year, certain districts within the greater area are beginning to see the start of a natural decrease in population.

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