Government data shows that 68,161 foreigners moved to Tokyo last year while only 67,301 Japanese did. Photo: SCMPGovernment data shows that 68,161 foreigners moved to Tokyo last year while only 67,301 Japanese did. Photo: SCMP
Government data shows that 68,161 foreigners moved to Tokyo last year while only 67,301 Japanese did. Photo: SCMP

As more foreigners move to Tokyo, why are many Japanese wanting to leave?

  • Tokyo has 551,000 foreigners with most coming from China, South Korea and Vietnam. They eclipsed the number of Japanese moving there last year
  • The coronavirus pandemic may change this year’s figure, while teleworking means more Japanese are keen to move out of the city to rural areas

Topic |   Japan
Government data shows that 68,161 foreigners moved to Tokyo last year while only 67,301 Japanese did. Photo: SCMPGovernment data shows that 68,161 foreigners moved to Tokyo last year while only 67,301 Japanese did. Photo: SCMP
Government data shows that 68,161 foreigners moved to Tokyo last year while only 67,301 Japanese did. Photo: SCMP
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