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Summary of the Results of Internal Migration in 2012

Released on April 25, 2013

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The number of inter-prefectural migrants has decreased for the first time in two years, the rate of the migration was 1.84%, which was the lowest in the record

  • The number of Japanese internal migrants was 5,018,166 and the rate of migration was 3.98%. This was the ninth consecutive decrease.
  • The number of Japanese inter-prefectural migrants was 2,317,856 and the rate of migration was 1.84%. This was the first decrease since 2010. The rate was the lowest on record.
  • The number of Japanese intra-prefectural migrants was 2,700,310 and the rate of migration was 2.14%, unchanged from the previous year.

figure1 Changes of Number of Internal Migrants : 1954 to 2012

Miyagi-ken had positive net-migration for the first time since 1999, Chiba-ken had negative net-migration for the second straight year

  • Regarding the net-migration for prefectures, eleven prefectures had positive net-migration in 2012 (same as in 2011): Tokyo-to (56,497 persons), Saitama-ken (10,298 persons), Fukuoka-ken (8,667 persons), and so on. Miyagi-ken and Kagawa-ken changed from negative to positive. Miyagi-ken had positive net-migration for the first time since 1999, and Kagawa-ken had positive net-migration for the first time since 1996. The rate of the net-migration in Tokyo-to (0.44%) was the highest, followed by Miyagi-ken (0.26%), Fukuoka-ken (0.17%), and so on.
  • On the other hand, thirty-six prefectures had negative net-migration in 2012: Fukushima-ken (13,843 persons), Chiba-ken (8,188 persons), Hokkai-do (6,745 persons), and so on. Among these prefectures, the net-migration in Hyogo-ken and Kyoto-fu changed from positive to negative. Both prefectures had negative net-migration for the first time since 2010. Chiba-ken had negative net-migration for the second straight year, negative net-migration had increased by 4,253 persons compared with the previous year. The rate of the net-migration in Fukushima-ken (0.71%) was the lowest, followed by Aomori-ken (0.40%), Nagasaki-ken (0.35%), and so on.

figure2 Number of Net-migration for Prefectures : 2011 and 2012

Nagoya Area and Osaka Area had positive net-migration for the second straight year

  • The net-migration for all three major metropolitan areas (Tokyo Area, Nagoya Area and Osaka Area) had a positive net-migration of 69,753 persons. This was the seventeenth consecutive year to have positive net-migration. Compared with the previous year, net-migration decreased by 325 persons for these areas.
  • The Tokyo Area had a positive net-migration of 67,209 persons. The rate of net-migration was 0.19%, up 0.01 points from the previous year.
  • The Nagoya Area had a positive net-migration of 1,567 persons. This was the second straight year. The rate of net-migration was 0.01%, down 0.02 points from the previous year.
  • The Osaka Area had a positive net-migration of 977 persons. This was the second straight year. The rate of net-migration was 0.01%, down 0.01 points from the previous year.

figure3 Changes in Rate of Net-migration for 3 Major Metropolitan Areas : 1954 to 2012

The total number of negative net-migration for Iwate-ken, Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken was 10,159, compared with the previous year, negative net-migration decreased by 31,067 persons in these areas

  • The total number of negative net-migration for Iwate-ken, Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken was 10,159, compared with the previous year, negative net-migration decreased by 31,067 persons in these areas.
  • The total number of negative net-migration for Iwate-ken and Fukushima-ken decreased compared with the previous year. The net-migration in Miyagi-ken changed from negative to positive.

figure4 Changes of Number of Net-migration for Iwate-ken , Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken : 1954 to 2012

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