Which areas in Japan do most foreigners live in? The rank of areas where foreigners live in Japan.

Which areas in Japan do most foreigners live in? The rank of areas where foreigners live in Japan.


The rank of areas where foreigners live in Japan.


As of June 2018, the number of foreigners residing in Japan was 2,637,251 (according to the Ministry of Justice), an increase of approximately 70,000 compared to the previous year. This number of foreign residents is the highest ever, and is expected to increase in the future. We can see foreigners working in convenience stores and drug stores all over the country. Where do most foreigners live in Japan? In this article, we will introduce the regions with a large population of foreign residents in Japan and the reason. We’ll introduce from top of the rank. The information is based on a 2018 survey by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.(http://www.moj.go.jp/nyuukokukanri/kouhou/nyuukokukanri04_00076.html)

Region ranking 1st to 3rd with large foreign population

No. 1 “Tokyo” The first place in the regional ranking with a large foreign population is Tokyo. The number of foreign residents residing in Tokyo is 521,502, accounting for 20% of all foreign residents. Among them, about 229,000 people are engaged in labor, and this number is also the top in the country. The reason why the company is ranked first is because many companies have their headquarters and educational institutions, so there are many highly skilled human resources with visas such as technology/ humanities/international work and international students. China ranks on the top of foreign nationalities living in Japan, which accounts for 41% of all foreign residents. The 2nd is South korea and North Korea, which takes part of 23% of all foreign residents. The next are Philippine and Vietnam. People from China and South Korea tend to be especially in Shinjuku, and people from America and Europe tend to be more in Minato. In addition, there seems to be a bias in areas such as Adachi-ku for the Philippines and Edogawa-ku for the Indian. Hachioji City has many universities, so there are many international students. As of 2016, the annual number of tourists in Tokyo was 13.77 million, accounting for about 48% of the total number of tourists in Japan. It seems to be influenced by the famous tourist spots such as Haneda Airport International, Akihabara, Asakusa, and Tokyo Sky Tree. No. 2 is surprisingly Aichi Prefecture The second place is Aichi Prefecture with 235,320 people. The ratio of foreigners residing in the country is about 9.2% of the total, and the most common foreigner in Aichi Prefecture is Brazilian. The reason for the large number of Brazilians is that there are many factories in Aichi Prefecture that have representative companies such as Toyota Motor Corporation so many foreigners work there. There are also many foreign students. One reason can be the high hourly wage. The minimum wage in Aichi Prefecture is the fourth highest in the country, and it is over 100 yen higher than Fukuoka and Okinawa, where there are many other international students. In addition, the number of tourists visiting Aichi Prefecture is approximately 2.63 million, ranking sixth in the country, accounting for approximately 9.5% of the total. Although it is less than Tokyo and Osaka, it is a large place nationwide. No. 3 is Osaka which is popular among tourists The third place is Osaka Prefecture. The number of foreigners residing in Osaka Prefecture is 225,269, or 8.8% of the total. The most foreigners in Osaka are Korean. Osaka has become a popular place for tourists in recent years. In 2017, approximately 11.11 million foreign tourists visited Osaka, which is the second largest number in Japan. As of 2011, the number of tourists visiting Osaka is approximately 1.58 million, which is a sevenfold increase over the past six years. Reasons for this include an increase in free Wi-Fi, a focus on multilingual support, and a large number of manuals for foreigners. Also, it seems that it is easy to live in Osaka for sightseeing and there are many people who move to Osaka.

Region ranking 4th-10th with a large foreign population

No.4 is Kanagawa where easy for foreigners to live The fourth place is Kanagawa Prefecture with 198,504 people, accounting for about 7.5% of the total. The main reason is that Kanagawa Prefecture is close to the urban areas of Tokyo and has a system for accepting foreigners. In addition, there is a factory for Nissan Motor in Yokohama, and there are many workers. No.5 is Saitama with abundant facilities and volunteers for foreigners Saitama Prefecture has 164,182 foreigners, and the ratio is about 6.2% nationwide. Many foreigners living in Saitama Prefecture are Chinese, especially in Kawaguchi City, where Chinatown is located. In addition, many volunteers teach Japanese to foreigners in Saitama, which makes Saitama Prefecture an easy place to live. No.6 is “Chiba Prefecture” with many foreign students Chiba Prefecture has 143,351 foreigners with a ratio of approximately 5.4% nationwide. Chinese are the most, followed by the Philippines, South Korea and North Korea. Chiba Prefecture is cheaper than Tokyo and has many part-time jobs, making it easier for international students to live in. It is said that Funabashi City and Sakai City have a large number of foreign residents in Chiba Prefecture. No.7 is Hyogo Prefecture with many Indian residents Hyogo Prefecture has 104,056 foreigners. Many foreigners are said to be Indians, and the main reason is that after the war, Indian merchants had run companies in Hyogo Prefecture. Currently, foreign residents are also entering the IT industry. There are many international schools that teach in English and temples that are places of worship, which makes Hyogo easy to live in. No.8 is Shizuoka Prefecture with many car factories The number of foreigners living in Shizuoka Prefecture is 82,675 and in Hamamatsu City there are about 20,000 Brazilians. It is said that about one in four is Brazilian. The reason may be that there are many Suzuki Honda car factories. No.9 is Fukuoka Prefecture where tourists and residents are increasing There are 71,036 foreigners living in Fukuoka Prefecture. Fukuoka Prefecture has an international airport and Hakata port, making it easy to visit. In addition, there are many international students and the number of Japanese language schools is increasing. The food culture in Fukuoka is attracting attention. There are many tourists, which is why there are many foreigners living in Japan. No. 10 is Ibaraki Prefecture, the number one dependency on foreign nationalities on agriculture and forestry Ibaraki Prefecture has 61,918 foreigners. It seems that there are few factory zones and there are many people who are wondering, but the dependence on foreigners in agriculture and forestry is the highest in the country. It is said that 1 in 21 people overall, 1 in 2 people in the 20s is a foreigner. Many Chinese, Indonesian and Vietnamese people live in particular.

Region ranking 11th to 47th with a large foreign population

Region ranking 11th to 20th with a large foreign population No.11 Kyoto (56,951 people) No. 12 Gunma (53,508) No. 13 Gifu (49,168 people) No. 14 Hiroshima (48,316 people) No. 15 Mie (47,671 people) No.16 Tochigi (38,843 people) No.17 Nagano (32,965 people) No.18 Hokkaido (31,726 people) No.19 Shiga (26,547 people) No.20 Okayama (25,594 people) In Kyoto, the number of tourists is 4th in Japan, but the number of residents is slightly different from 11th. This is thought to be because there is a part that is inferior to the neighboring Osaka Prefecture in terms of ease of living. The reason for Gunma Prefecture, the 12th place, is that there are many factories of major manufacturers such as Subaru. It can be seen that Gifu Prefecture in the 13th place and Mie Prefecture in the 14th place have a high ratio of foreign residents to the population, and there are many technical interns. It can also be seen that Hokkaido, which ranks 7th in the tourist ranking, is 18th. Shiga Prefecture, which ranks 33rd, is 19th in the tourist ranking. The ratio of tourists to residents is not necessarily proportional. Region ranking 21st to 47th with a large foreign population No.21 Miyagi (20,099 people) No. 22 Toyama (16,644 people) No. 23 Niigata (15,561 people) No. 24 Okinawa (15,414 people) No. 25 Yamaguchi (15,407 people) No. 26 Yamanashi (15,090 people) No. 27 Ishikawa (13,603 people) No. 28 Fukui (13,428 people) No. 29 Kumamoto (13,411 people) No. 30 Fukushima (12,784 people) No. 31 Oita (11,876 people) No. 32 Nara (11,765 people) No. 33 Ehime (11,591 people) No. 34 Kagawa (11,532 people) No. 35 Nagasaki (9,857 people) No. 36 Kagoshima (8,973 people) No. 37 Shimane (7,689 people) No. 38 Yamagata (6,646 people) No. 39 Iwate (6,550 people) No. 40 Wakayama (6,326 people) No. 41 Miyazaki (5,699 people) No. 42 Saga (5,666 people) No. 43 Tokushima (5,558 people) No. 44 Aomori (5,039 people) No. 45 Tottori (4,329 people) No. 46 Kochi (4,257 people) No. 47 Akita (3,760 people) Fukui Prefecture, Kochi Prefecture, and Shimane Prefecture are the 3rd worst tourist rankings. As can be said for both residents and tourists, there seems to be a lot to do with the lack of transportation from the airport, working places, and the number of schools.

The areas where foreigners may increase in the future

The area that is expected to become even more popular with foreigners in the future is Fukuoka Prefecture. The number of foreigners who visited Fukuoka Prefecture in 2011 is 590,000, but the number is now increasing rapidly. In the background, it is thought that the popularity of pork bone ramen has increased in various parts of the world such as New York and London, but the world is paying attention to food culture in Fukuoka other than pork bone ramen. Fukuoka City also ranks first in the nation for the growth rate of foreign residents (2005-2015), which is higher than the three major cities. The ranking of prefectures with many international students is also 3rd after Tokyo and Osaka. Another reason for the potential increase is the increase in the number of international conferences held. In the future, Fukuoka will become increasingly globalized. In conclusion Up to this point, we have introduced the areas where many foreigners live in a ranking format. There are many areas where foreigners live, especially in urban areas such as Tokyo and Osaka, and their suburbs. In addition, there are many industrial areas with many automobile factories and urban areas close to the international airport. On the other hand, it is also true that there are differences between areas with a large number of foreign residents and areas with a small number of people due to the lack of public transportation and work. Along with the declining birthrate and aging population, the number of foreign residents is expected to increase in the future, and it is imperative to create an environment in which Japanese people can easily accept foreign residents.