Number of Japanese Living Abroad Drops for Fourth Consecutive Year

The number of Japanese people living in other countries dropped again in 2023, despite the easing of travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

Overseas travel by Japanese nationals has made a remarkable recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. In contrast though, the total number of Japanese residing abroad is continuing to drop. Estimates as of October 1, 2023, showed that the number had decreased year-on-year by 14,950 (1.1%) and marked the fourth straight year of decline. By country, 32.1% of Japanese living overseas were located in the United States and 7.9% were residing in China, with these two countries alone accounting for 40% overall.

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