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Greater Tokyo net population inflow increases in 2017

  • January 29, 2018
  • , The Japan News , 8:25 p.m.
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Jiji – The number of people who moved into the greater Tokyo area exceeded that of people moving out by 119,779 in 2017, marking a net population inflow for the 22nd straight year, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Monday.


The net inflow into the area — Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa — increased 1,911 from the previous year. In 2016, the inflow fell for the first time in five years.


An official of the ministry’s Statistics Bureau said that young people aged 15 to 29 accounted for most of the inflow into the greater Tokyo area in 2017, suggesting that the migration of young people to the region continued for university study and work.


Meanwhile, the Osaka and Nagoya areas suffered net population outflows for the fifth consecutive year, with drops of 8,825 and 4,979, respectively.


The Osaka area is composed of the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo and Nara, and the Nagoya area comprises the central prefectures of Gifu, Aichi and Mie.


Of Japan’s 47 prefectures, seven saw net population inflows, namely Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa, Fukuoka, Aichi and Osaka.

A total of 40 prefectures suffered net outflows, with Fukushima, which was hit hard by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, marking the largest net decrease, of 8,395. Including Fukushima, Hiroshima and Kyoto, 23 prefectures saw sharper net declines than in the previous year.


Iwate and Miyagi, which also suffered severe damage from the March 2011 disaster, saw net population outflows of 4,361 and 1,262, respectively.

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