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Summary of the Results of Internal Migration in 2014

Released on April 27, 2015

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The number of intra-prefectural migrants has decreased for the first time since 2012, inter- and intra-prefectural migrants was the lowest on record

  • The number of Japanese internal migrants was 4,908,009 and the rate of migration was 3.91%, down 0.08 points from the previous year.
  • The number of Japanese inter-prefectural migrants was 2,259,688, a decrease for the third straight year. The rate of migration was 1.80%, down 0.03 points from the previous year. The rate was the lowest on record.
  • The number of Japanese intra-prefectural migrants was 2,648,321 and the rate of migration was 2.11%, down 0.05 points from the previous year. The rate was the lowest on record.

figure1 Changes of Number of Internal Migrants : 1954 to 2014

The number of positive net-migration for Tokyo-to had increased for the third straight year, and the number for Chiba-ken had increased for the second straight year

  • Regarding the net-migration for prefectures, seven prefectures had positive net-migration in 2014 (nine prefectures in 2013): Tokyo-to (73,280 persons), Saitama-ken (14,909 persons) Kanagawa-ken (12,855 persons), and so on. The number of positive net-migration for Tokyo-to had increased for the third straight year, and the number for Chiba-ken had increased for the second straight year. The rate of positive net-migration in Tokyo-to (0.56%) was the highest, followed by Saitama-ken (0.21%), and so on.
  • On the other hand, forty prefectures had negative net-migration in 2014: Hokkai-do (8,942 persons), Shizuoka-ken (7,240 persons), Hyogo-ken (7,092 persons), and so on. Among these prefectures, the net-migration in Osaka-fu and Okinawa-ken changed from positive to negative. Osaka-fu had negative net-migration for the first time since 2010, Okinawa-ken had negative net-migration for the first time since 2008. The rate of negative net-migration in Aomori-ken (0.49%) was the highest, followed by Akita-ken (0.43%), Nagasaki-ken (0.42%), and so on.

figure2 Number of Net-migration for Prefectures : 2013 and 2014

The number of positive net-migration for Tokyo Area had increased by 12,884 persons. Nagoya Area and Osaka Area had negative 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 96,883 persons. This was the nineteenth consecutive year to have positive net-migration. Compared with the previous year, positive net-migration increased by 7,097 persons for these areas.
  • The Tokyo Area had a positive net-migration of 109,408 persons. The rate of positive net-migration was 0.31%, up 0.04 points from the previous year.
  • The Nagoya Area had a negative net-migration of 803 persons. This was the second straight year. The rate of negative net-migration was 0.01%, up 0.01 points from the previous year.
  • The Osaka Area had a negative net-migration of 11,722 persons. This was the second straight year. The rate of negative net-migration was 0.06%, up 0.02 points from the previous year.

figure3 Changes in Rate of Net-migration for 3 Major Metropolitan Areas : 1954 to 2014

The total number of negative net-migration for Iwate-ken, Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken was 2,974, compared with the previous year, negative net-migration decreased by 1 person in these areas

  • The total number of negative net-migration for Iwate-ken, Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken was 2,974, compared with the previous year, negative net-migration decreased by 1 person in these areas.
  • Iwate-ken and Fukushima-ken had negative net-migration, which was unchanged from the previous year. Miyagi-ken had positive net-migration for the third straight year.

figure4 Changes of Number of Net-migration for Iwate-ken , Miyagi-ken and Fukushima-ken : 1954 to 2014

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