Greater Tokyo Sees Net Population Inflow for 22nd Year


Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)—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 twenty-second straight year, the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications 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 comprises the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto, Hyōgo, and Nara, and the Nagoya area the central prefectures of Gifu, Aichi, and Mie.

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