Tokyo Foreign Population

Tokyo's population grew by 0.7% to 13.7 million in 2019. An increase in its foreign population accounted for 1/4 of the increase.

Published by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and updated on January 31, 2019. Annual figures are as of January 1st of each year.

Recent Data Trend

As of January 2019, the population of Tokyo Metropolitan area (Tokyo) has grown to 13.74 million people, up by 0.7% from 13.63 million a year ago. Foreign population in Tokyo grew to 0.55 million, up by 5.7% from 0.52 million a year ago. The percentage of the foreign population to total population in Tokyo rose from 3.8% in 2018 to 4% in 2019. The growth of the population of Tokyo has picked up the pace between 2014 and 2017 as the economy gathered strength and as the aftershock of the Great East Japan earthquake in faded away.

In terms of absolute change in population, out of the overall increase of 103,384 persons, roughly 1/4 were foreigners, an increase of 30,183 persons. Out of 30,183, roughly half were Chinese. By country, Vietnamese showed a remarkable increase, an increase of 3,893 persons, from 32,334 persons in 2018 to 36.227 in 2019. The increase is all the more remarkable as the Vietnamese population in Tokyo was only 4,669 in 2013.

Brief Overview

Tokyo Population statistics are compiled and published by the Tokyo Metropolitan government. The Tokyo government published its total population by monthly frequency and its foreign population by annual frequency. The government did not distinguish between Chinese and Taiwanese until 2017. It also did not distinguish between North Korean and South Korean till 2017. In our database, we have followed the convention throughout the period. Tokyo government also publishes its population statistics in its English website, but it seems there is a significant time-lag. As of 2017 November, the data in its English page is only updated to 2015.

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