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Number of foreign residents Japan 2000-2019, by region of origin

In 2019, nearly 2.5 million Asian residents were registered in Japan, making it the largest share of foreign residents. During the measured period, the second largest group of foreign residents living in Japan came from South America with about 276 thousand people.

Number of foreign residents living in Japan from 2000 to 2019, by region of origin

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Figures are from Statistics on Foreign National Residents. Counts of foreign national residents (medium-/long-term residents and special permanent residents) covered by Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act. As of the end of year.

Values have been rounded.

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