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Tokyo, foreigners in

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  1. Takashi Machimura

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm532

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Machimura, T. 2013. Tokyo, foreigners in. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is sometimes seen as one of the globalized cities most closed to foreign migrants. While its urban agglomeration-based population was 35.6 million in 2005, ranking top in the world (UN 2009), and the population of the central city's (the 23 wards of the Tokyo metropolitan government) was 8.9 million in 2010, the registered foreign populations that year were approximately 699,000 and 348,000 respectively. While the proportion of foreigners in the total population is still low compared to other metropolises around the globe, Tokyo's ethnic composition has diversified remarkably over the last three decades.

Keywords:

  • Asia;
  • immigration;
  • labor;
  • labor supply;
  • gender