Non-Japanese Population in Tokyo on Rise Steadily

Foreighn population in Tokyo

Non-Japanese population in Tokyo on rise steadily over the past years.  Majority of Europeans and North Americans live in Chiyoda, Chuo, Minato, Meguro, Setagaya, and Shibuya wards, showing a high concentration of expats in the central Tokyo region.

A statistics from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (data analyzed by TAS, a property data valuation firm) also showed that the greatest number of European and North American reside in Minato ward and Shibuya ward respectively.

Non-Japanese population in Tokyo

The expats tend to pay higher rate for rent than Japanese, pushing average rental rate of these wards.

Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011 caused a huge dip on a number of non-Japanese resident in Tokyo. But Asian population saw an increase from 2012 – the number is now greater than the pre-earthquake level. The rest of population is catching up – 2014-2015 saw a hike in population from the year before, but yet to reach the pre-2011 level.

Non-Japanese population in Tokyo

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