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Population Census

11. Overseas persons

Population of foreign nationals up 14.9% since 1995.

- The year 2000 census included 170,219 more overseas persons than the 1995 census, bringing the total number to 1,310,545, an increase of 14.9%. By nationality, the 528,904 Koreans (North and South: 40% of all overseas persons) comprised the largest group, followed by 252,680 Chinese (19.3% of the total), 188,190 Brazilians (14.4%), and 93,352 Filipinos (7.1%). Since 1995, the number of Koreans in Japan in has decreased by 5.6%. The Chinese, up 43.9%, Brazilians, up 40.9%, and Filipinos, up 36.3%, have registered increases.

- Locally, as a percentage of the local population, at 1,94%, Osaka has the largest overseas population, followed by 1.77% in Metropolitan Tokyo, 1,71% in Kyoto Prefecture, 1.57% in Aichi Prefecture, and 1.50% in Nagano Prefecture.

- Locally, in absolute numbers, the 212,975 overseas population (16.3% of foreign nationals in Japan) in Metropolitan Tokyo is the largest. Next is Osaka Prefecture with 170,877 (13.0% of foreign nationals), followed by 110,298 (8.4%) in Aichi Prefecture, 99,251 (7.6%) in Kanagawa Prefecture, and 82,861 (6.3%) in Hyogo Prefecture. In these five entities there are 676,262 foreign nationals, 51.6% of the total foreign population in Japan.

Figure 6 Proportion of Population of Foreigners in
Population by Urban and Rural Prefecture(2000)

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