The Japan Times reports: “The number of foreign residents in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures dropped 10.5 percent to 30,092 between the end of December and the end of March, according to the Justice Ministry. The three prefectures were the hardest hit by the March 11 earthquake-tsunami disaster. The number of foreigners declined 1.9 percent nationwide during the same period.” Click here for additional information. [Source: Kyodo]
Here is some additional information on foreign residents in Japan:
Japan has the lowest percentage of immigrants and expatriate workers of any industrialized country. There are about 1.5 million foreigners living legally in Japan (about one percent of the population). Labor-rights group estimate that there were 500,000 undocumented aliens living and working in Japan in 2000. This up from around 110,000 in 1990.
The number of foreign residents in Japan (excluding long-tern Korean residents) rose from around 600,000 in 1955 to around 1.5 million in 2006.
Of the 2,152,973 foreign residents in Japan in 2007, 606,889 were Chinese, 593,489 were Koreans, 316,967 were Brazilians and 202,592 were Filipinos. In 2001 there 685,000 permanent residents and 1.09 million non-permanent residents. These included 632,000 Koreans (35.6 percent, most of the, permanent residents), 381,000 Chinese (21.4 percent), 266,000 Brazilians (15 percent), and 157,000 Filipinos (8.8 percent).
There are also significant numbers of foreign businessmen and their families, English teachers Iranians, and foreign students. The number of foreigners employed directly by Japanese companies reached a record high of 222,929 in June 2006.
Japan Monthly Statistics (DOI:21 Jul 11):
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