Number of foreign nationals entering and Japanese citizens departing Japan in the first half of 2019 (Reiwa 1) (preliminary statistics)

Press release

October 25, 2019 (Reiwa 1)
Immigration Services Agency

  • 16,418,782 foreign nationals entered Japan, an increase of 1,030,152 people (+6.7%) compared to the same period of the previous year.
  • 9,542,332 Japanese nationals left Japan, an increase of 758,849 people (+8.6%) compared to the same period of the previous year.

1. Foreign nationals who entered Japan

16,418,782 foreign nationals entered Japan in the first half of 2019 (including re-entrants), an increase of 1,030,152 people (+6.7%) compared to the same period of the previous year. Excluding re-entrants, there were 14,985,170 new arrivals, an increase of 911,173 people (+6.5%) compared to the same period of the previous year (see Table 1).

(Note 1) The "number of foreign nationals entering Japan" published by our department reflects the number of people who were granted a status of residence with landing permission at the time of entering Japan and the number of special permanent residents. The "number of foreign nationals visiting Japan" (first half of 2019: 16,630,000 people) published by the Japan Tourism Agency includes the number of cruise ship tourism landing permissions, port of entry landing permissions, and transit landing permissions. It excludes foreign nationals and special permanent residents who entered Japan with "Permanent Resident," "Spouse or Child of a Japanese National," "Spouse or Child of a Permanent Resident," or "Long-Term Resident" statuses of residence.
(Note 2) "Re-entrants" refers to the foreign nationals who reside in Japan mid to long-term for work or studies and have re-entered Japan after temporarily departing for sightseeing, visiting home, or business.

2. Cruise ship tourism landing permissions

In the first half of 2019 (Reiwa 1), 889,482 cruise ship tourism landing permissions were granted , a decrease of 255,301 (-22.3%) compared to the same period of the previous year; 6,089 port of entry landing permissions were granted, a decrease of 963 (-13.7%) compared to the same period of the previous year; and 3,980 transit landing permissions were granted, an increase of 1,261 (+46.4%) compared to the same period of the previous year (see Table 10).

(Note 1) "Cruise ship tourism" landing permissions are granted for a period of no longer than 7 or 30 days by the Commissioner of the Immigration Services Agency to foreign nationals arriving on cruise ships (passenger vessels) for the purposes of sightseeing, on the condition that they return to their ship before it departs.
(Note 2) "Port of Entry" landing permissions are granted to foreign nationals who are stopping in Japan while on their way to another foreign country, for the purpose of shopping/resting/etc. near their point of entry (airport or harbor), for a period not exceeding 72 hours.
(Note 3) "Transit" landing permissions are granted to foreign nationals who are arriving on a vessel that is making stops at multiple ports of entry, allowing them to travel by land for the purpose of sightseeing, later rejoining their vessel at a different point of entry. This also applies to foreign nationals who are stopping in Japan while on their way to another foreign country, and must transfer from one point of entry (airport or harbor) to another in order to continue their journey. These permissions are granted for 15-day and 3-day periods, respectively.

3. Japanese nationals who departed from Japan

9,542,332 Japanese nationals left Japan in the first half of 2019 (Reiwa 1), an increase of 758,849 people (+8.6%) compared to the same period of the previous year (Table 1).

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