Number of foreign residents as of June 2020 (Reiwa 2)

Press release

October 9, 2020
Immigration Services Agency

The number of foreign residents in Japan by the end of June 2020 was 2,885,904, a decrease of 47,233 people (1.6%) compared to the end of December of the previous year.

1. Number of foreign residents – Table 1, Table 2, Table 3, Fig. 1-1

As of the end of June 2020, there were 2,576,622 mid to long-term residents and 309,282 special permanent residents, totaling 2,885,904 residing foreign nationals, a decrease of 47,233 people (1.6%) as compared to the number of residing foreign nationals at the end of previous year (2,933,137).
The number of males was 1,425,043 (49.4%), and the number of females was 1,460,861 (50.4%). The number of both males and females had decreased compared to the end of the previous year.

2. Nationality – Table 1, Table 3, Fig. 1-2, Fig. 3

There were 196 nationalities/regions listed on the residence cards and special permanent resident certificates of foreign residents (excluding stateless people).
Of the top 10 countries/regions, there were 420,415 Vietnamese foreign residents, an increase of 8,447 people (2.1%) compared to the end of the previous year. The other 9 countries/regions all had a decrease compared to the end of the previous year.

(1) People's Republic of China 786,830 residents (27.3%) (-3.3%)
(2) Republic of Korea 435,459 residents (15.1%) (-2.4%)
(3) Socialist Republic of Vietnam 420,415 residents (14.6%) (+2.1%)
(4) Republic of the Philippines 282,023 residents (9.8%) (-0.3%)
(5) Federative Republic of Brazil 211,178 residents (7.3%) (-0.2%)
(6) Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal 95,367 residents (3.3%) (-1.5%)
(7) Republic of Indonesia 66,084 residents (2.3%) (-1.2%)
(8) Republic of China (Taiwan) 59,934 residents (2.1%) (-7.5%)
(9) United States of America 57,214 residents (2.0%) (-3.3%)
(10) Kingdom of Thailand 53,344 residents (1.8%) (-2.7%)

3. Status of Residence – Table 2, Table 3, Table 5, Fig. 2-1, Fig. 2-2

By status of residence, the number of people with "Permanent Resident" was the highest at 800,872, an increase of 7,708 people (1.0%) compared to the end of the previous year. The second highest was "Technical Intern Training" (the total number of type (i) (a) and (b); type (ii) (a) and (b); and type (iii) (a) and (b)) with 402,422, a decrease of 8,550 people (2.1%). The third highest was "Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services" with 288,995 people (a 6.2% increase of 16,996 people). The fourth highest was "Special Permanent Resident" with 309,282 people (a 1.0% decrease of 3,219 people).

(1) Permanent Resident 800,872 residents (27.8%) (+1.0%)
(2) Technical Intern Training 402,422 residents (13.9%) (-2.1%)
(3) Special Permanent Resident 309,282 residents (10.7%) (-1.0%)
(4) Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services 288,995 residents (10.0%) (+6.2%)
(5) Student 280,273 residents (9.7%) (-18.9%)

4. Prefecture  Table 4, Table 5, Fig. 4

The largest number of foreign residents was Tokyo with 568,665 people (a 4.2% decrease of 24,793 people), accounting for 19.7% of the national total. Aichi Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Saitama Prefecture are listed below.

(1) Tokyo 568,665 residents (19.7%) (-4.2%)
(2) Aichi Prefecture 276,282 residents (9.6%) (-1.7%)
(3) Osaka Prefecture 253,303 residents (8.8%) (-1.0%)
(4) Kanagawa Prefecture 235,369 residents (8.2%) (+0.1%)
(5) Saitama Prefecture 196,537 residents (6.8%) (+0.3%)

(Note 1) "Mid to long-term residents" refers to foreign nationals who reside in Japan with a status of residence under the Immigration Control Act and who do not fall under the conditions (1) to (4) listed below.
Those who fall under (5) or (6) below are also not mid to long-term residents.
(1) Those who have been granted a period of stay of three months or less;
(2) Those who have been granted a status of residence of "Temporary Visitor";
(3) Those who have been granted a status of residence of "Diplomat" or "Official";
(4) Those to whom conditions (1) through (3) apply, as determined by the Ministry of Justice (i.e., employees and families of employees of those in the Taiwan-Japan Relations Association’s Japanese office who have been granted a status of residence of "Designated Activities," or workers of the Permanent General Mission of Palestine in Japan and their families).
(5) Special Permanent Residents; and
(6) Those without a status of residence.
(Note 2) The following documents also include statistics representing the number of "residing foreign nationals" before the end of 2011 (Heisei 23). These statistics have been included for the purpose of comparison with subsequent years. The number of "residing foreign nationals" prior to 2011 refers to the number of residents with a status of residence equivalent to those of mid to long-term residents together with the number of special permanent residents. Please note that these numbers include those mentioned above in (Note 1) (1).
(Note 3) The percentages displayed in this document are rounded down to the nearest tenth.

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