Tokyo, Nov. 30 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s population, including foreigners, stood at 126,146,099 as of October 2020, down by 948,646, or 0.7 pct, from five years before, revised national census results showed Tuesday.
The total population, which logged the first-ever decrease in 2015 since the 1920 start of the country’s census survey, fell for the second time.
According to the revised October 2020 census data, released by the internal affairs ministry, the population of Japanese nationals dropped by 1,783,253, or 1.4 pct, to 123,398,962, while that of non-Japanese people living in the country grew by 834,607, or 43.6 pct, to a record 2,747,137.
By nationality, Chinese accounted for 27.8 pct of all resident foreigners, followed by 15.6 pct for South and North Koreans, and 13.4 pct for Vietnamese. The number of Vietnamese grew by some 234,000 to 320,805, marking the largest increase.
The male population stood at 61,349,581, and the female population came to 64,796,518. The proportion of people aged 65 or over in the total population rose from 26.6 pct to 28.6 pct.
Only eight of the country’s 47 prefectures saw population growth. Of them, Tokyo saw the biggest increase of 3.9 pct, followed by Okinawa, southernmost Japan, which posted a 2.4 pct rise. The population grew 1.2 pct in Kanagawa, 1.1 pct in Saitama and 1.0 pct in Chiba, all neighboring Tokyo, 0.8 pct in Aichi, central Japan, 0.7 pct in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, and 0.05 pct in Shiga, western Japan.
The remaining 39 prefectures recorded population falls.
The greater Tokyo area–the Japanese capital plus Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa–accounted for about 30 pct of the country’s overall population.
The number of households in Japan totaled 55,830,154. The number of people per household fell to 2.21 from 2.33, with the northeastern prefecture of Yamagata marking the highest figure, at 2.61, and Tokyo logging the smallest number, at 1.92.