Number of foreign residents as of the end of June 2019 (Reiwa 1) (preliminary statistics)

Press release

October 25, 2019 (Reiwa 1)
Immigration Services Agency

The number of foreign residents in Japan by the end of June 2019 was 2,829,416, an increase of 98,323 people (+3.6%) compared to the end of the previous year and a record high.

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

As of the end of June 2019, there were 2,511,567 mid to long-term residents, 317,849 special permanent residents, and a record high of 2,829,416 total residing foreign nationals, an increase of 98,323 people (+3.6%) compared to the end of previous year (2,731,093).
The number of females was 1,442,015 (51.0%), and the number of males was 1,387,401 (49.0%). The numbers of both male and female residents increased compared to the end of the previous year.

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

There were 195 nationalities/regions listed on the residence cards and special permanent resident certificates of foreign residents (excluding stateless people). Among the top ten countries and regions, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (371,755 people; an increase of 40,920 people (+12.4%) compared to the end of the previous year) and the Republic of Indonesia (61,051 people; an increase of 4,705 people (+8.4%) compared to the end of the previous year) saw the highest increases.

(1) People's Republic of China 786,241 27.8% (+2.8%)
(2) Republic of Korea 451,543 16.0% (+0.4%)
(3) Socialist Republic of Vietnam 371,755 13.1% (+12.4%)
(4) Republic of the Philippines 277,409 9.8% (+2.3%)
(5) Federative Republic of Brazil 206,886 7.3% (+2.5%)
(8) Republic of Indonesia 61,051 2.2% (+8.4%)

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 783,513, an increase of 11,945 people (+1.5%) 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 367,709, an increase of 39,349 people (+12.0%). The third highest was "Student" with 336,847 people, a decrease of 153 people (-0.05%). The fourth highest was "Special Permanent Resident" with 317,849 people, a decrease of 3,567 people (-1.1%).

(1) Permanent Resident 783,513 27.7% (+1.5%)
(2) Technical Intern Training 367,709 13.0% (+12.0%)
(3) Student 336,847 11.9% (-0.05%)
(4) Special Permanent Resident 317,849 11.2% (-1.1%)
(5) Engineer/Specialist in Humanities/International Services 256,414 9.1% (+13.6%)

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

The largest number of foreign residents was in Tokyo, with 581,446 people, an increase of 13,657 people (+2.4%) compared to the end of last year. This accounts for 20.6% of the national total. Aichi Prefecture, Osaka Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Saitama Prefecture are listed below.

(1) Tokyo 581,446 20.6% (+2.4%)
(2) Aichi Prefecture 272,855 9.6% (+4.6%)
(3) Osaka Prefecture 247,184 8.7% (+3.4%)
(4) Kanagawa Prefecture 228,029 8.1% (+4.1%)
(5) Saitama Prefecture 189,043 6.7% (+4.6%)

(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 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
(6) Those without a status of residence
(Note 2) This document also includes 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).

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