Tokyo Area Logs Net Population Inflow for 23rd Year

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)--The greater Tokyo area marked a net inflow of Japanese population for the 23rd straight year in 2018, government data showed Thursday, indicating that the excessive concentration of people in the capital is continuing.

The number of people, including foreign residents, who moved into Tokyo and the three neighboring prefectures of Saitama, Chiba and Kanagawa, exceeded that of people moving out by 139,868, the internal affairs ministry said.

The net inflow in the area grew by 14,338 from the previous year, marking the second consecutive annual increase.

Young people made the bulk of the net population inflow in the area, including a net increase of 75,103 for those aged between 20 and 24 and a net rise of 26,665 for those aged between 15 and 19.

"They are believed to have moved into the Tokyo area for education and jobs," a ministry official said.

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