Tokyo's population reaches record high

Tokyo’s population has risen to a record high for the past 4 months in a row, reaching 14.09 million in August. This is the population of the Tokyo metropolitan area which includes the densely populated 23 wards, along with the cities to the west and island communities.Read more

National government wants to halt Tokyo's population growth by 2027

In an attempt to reverse the overconcentration of the population in the greater Tokyo region, the national government wants 10,000 residents to move to the countryside each year, a lofty goal for a megalopolis that saw a net inflow of over 80,000 residents in 2021.

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Central Tokyo's population hits record high in October

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.

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Central Tokyo’s population continues to grow

Despite the pandemic, the number of Japanese residents in Tokyo’s central 3 wards of Chuo, Chiyoda, and Minato, reached a record high in July.

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Tokyo finally returns to net inflow of residents 

Tokyo’s resident population is bouncing back into positive territory as the effects of the coronavirus on in-person studying and remote work start to wane. Since the official end of the semi-state of emergency on March 21, 2022, the mood has shifted with events and meetings held in person again, office workers returning to the office, and students returning to campus.

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Tokyo’s 23 wards see net outflow of residents in 2021

On January 28, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications released the annual report on population shifts within Japan in 2021. Tokyo’s 23 wards saw a net outflow of 14,828 residents. But these numbers include foreign residents, and over the past two years the foreign resident population in Tokyo has shrunk considerably.

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Tokyo’s population sees y-o-y drop for first time in over 24 years (due to shrinking foreigner population)

In February, the population of the Tokyo metropolitan area dropped 662 residents from this time last year. This was the first time since June 1996 that the city’s population has seen a year-on-year drop. The decline is said to be due to both a net outflow of residents to surrounding prefectures as well as fewer births, but the data suggests a different story.

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