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Population Census 

Special Tabulation on Foreigners

1. Population of Foreigners in Japan

  Population of foreigners who lived in Japan in 1995 was 1,140 thousand persons or 0.91% of the total population, showing an increase of 254 thousands or 28.6% in 1990-95. Looking at the foreigners by sex, male was 567 thousands, an increase of 121 thousands or 27.2%. On the other hand, female was 574 thousands, an increase of 133 thousands or 30.1%.

2. Foreigners in Japan by Nationality

  The number of nationalities of the foreigners in Japan was 179.
  There were 190 nationalities in the world in 1995 including Japan. There fore, the nationalities which were not identified in Japan at the time were only ten or so including Tadzhikistan, Vatican, Monaco, and Mozambique. Since the number in 1990 was 150, it increased by 29 in 1990-95. The main newly observed nationalities were the former USSR and Yugoslavia such as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Croatia, and Macedonia. 
  Looking at the number of foreigners by nationality, Korean was the largest, 568 thousand persons, accounting for 49.1% of the total of the foreigners, followed by Chinese's 176 thousands or 15.4%, Brazil's 134 thousands or 11.7% and Philippines 's 68 thousands or 6.0%. The number of the nationalities of the foreigners which had more than 1,000 persons was 34 in 1995 and increased by 10 in 1990-95 including Myanmar, Bolivia, Russia, Ghana, and so on. Looking at the foreigners by sex and nationality, for Philippines, female accounted for around 80%. On the other hand, for Iran and Pakistan, male accounted for more than 90%. Thus, the sex ratio of some nationalities showed large difference. Refer to Table 1.
  Looking at the foreigners by world regions, Asia was the largest, 882 thousand persons, accounted for 77.3% of the total of the foreigners, followed by South America's 168 thousands or 14.7% and North America's 47 thousands or 4.1%. Refer to Chart 1.

3. Increase Rate of Foreigners

  Looking at the increase rate of the foreigners in 1990-95 by nationality, which had more than 1,000 persons, Bolivia was the highest, 461.1% or 1,592 persons, followed by Iran's 397.8% or 6,504 and Peru's 338.6% or 20,931. Looking at the increase rate by sex, for male, Bolivia was the highest, 604.7% or 1,022, followed by Iran 454.3% or 5,697 and Colombia 380.2% or 308. On the other hand, for female, Peru was the highest, 506.5% or 9,563, followed by Myanmar 384.5% or 1,042 and Bangladesh 327.6% or 511. Refer to Table 2


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