Tokyo Sees Net Population Outflow for 6th Straight Month

Politics

Tokyo, Jan. 29 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo saw a net population outflow, of 4,648 people, for the sixth straight month in December against a backdrop of the lingering coronavirus epidemic, an internal affairs ministry report showed on Friday.

The result is believed to partly reflect the spreading use of telework amid the epidemic, with many cases of people moving from Tokyo to nearby areas.

In the whole of 2020, people who moved to the Japanese capital outnumbered those who moved out by 31,125, the smallest margin since comparable data started in 2014. The net inflow sharply decreased from 82,982 in 2019.

After the Japanese government declared a state of emergency over the epidemic in April, Tokyo's migration balance turned to a net outflow in May.

At a time when the government upholds a goal of balancing population flows to and from Tokyo in fiscal 2024, the epidemic appeared to boost people's interest in living in other areas to avoid crowds, although it remains uncertain whether this trend will continue in the future.

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