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Summary of the Results of Internal Migration in 2013

Released on April 24, 2014

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The number of inter-prefectural migrants has decreased for the second straight year, the rate of the migration was 1.83%, which was the lowest on record

  • The number of Japanese internal migrants was 5,015,571 and the rate of migration was 3.99%. This was the first increase since 1995.
  • The number of Japanese inter-prefectural migrants was 2,301,895, a decrease for the second straight year. The rate of migration was 1.83%, down 0.01 points from the previous year. The rate was the lowest on record.
  • The number of Japanese intra-prefectural migrants was 2,713,676 and the rate of migration was 2.16%, up 0.02 points from the previous year.

figure1 Changes of Number of Internal Migrants : 1954 to 2013

Chiba-ken had positive net-migration for the first time since 2010

  • Regarding the net-migration for prefectures, nine prefectures had positive net-migration in 2013 (11 prefectures in 2012): Tokyo-to (70,172 persons), Kanagawa-ken (12,356 persons), Saitama-ken (11,554 persons), and so on. Chiba-ken changed from negative to positive. Chiba-ken had positive net-migration for the first time since 2010. The rate of the net-migration in Tokyo-to (0.54%) was the highest, followed by Miyagi-ken (0.20%), Saitama-ken (0.16%), and so on.
  • On the other hand, thirty-eight prefectures had negative net-migration in 2013: Hokkai-do (8,154 persons), Shizuoka-ken (6,892 persons), Aomori-ken (6,056 persons), and so on. Among these prefectures, the net-migration in Shiga-ken, Kagawa-ken and Okayama-ken changed from positive to negative. Shiga-ken had negative net-migration for the first time since 1967. The rate of the net-migration in Aomori-ken (0.45%) was the lowest, followed by Akita-ken (0.44%), Nagasaki-ken (0.42%), and so on.

figure2 Number of Net-migration for Prefectures : 2012 and 2013

The number of positive net-migration for Tokyo Area had increased by 29,315 persons. Nagoya Area and Osaka Area had negative net-migration for the first time since 2010

  • The net-migration for all three major metropolitan areas (Tokyo Area, Nagoya Area and Osaka Area) had a positive net-migration of 89,786 persons. This was the eighteenth consecutive year to have positive net-migration. Compared with the previous year, net-migration increased by 20,033 persons for these areas.
  • The Tokyo Area had a positive net-migration of 96,524 persons. The rate of net-migration was 0.27%, up 0.08 points from the previous year.
  • The Nagoya Area had a negative net-migration of 147 persons. This was the first time since 2010. The rate of net-migration was 0.00%, down 0.01 points from the previous year.
  • The Osaka Area had a negative net-migration of 6,591 persons. This was the first time since 2010. The rate of net-migration was 0.04%, down 0.05 points from the previous year.

figure3 Changes in Rate of Net-migration for 3 Major Metropolitan Areas : 1954 to 2013

The total number of negative net-migration for Iwate-ken, Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken was 2,975, compared with the previous year, negative net-migration decreased by 7,184 persons in these areas

  • The total number of negative net-migration for Iwate-ken, Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken was 2,975, compared with the previous year, negative net-migration decreased by 7,184 persons in these areas.
  • Iwate-ken and Fukushima-ken had negative net-migration, which was unchanged from the previous year. The net-migration in Miyagi-ken for the second straight year.

figure4 Changes of Number of Net-migration for Iwate-ken , Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken : 1954 to 2013

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