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Unswerving cyclist
14 Mar 2002
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After we were told that Tokyo's population was shrinking for the first time in 2021, the internal affairs ministry said Monday that 2022 saw the capital's net population inflow grow for the first time in three years.

The Japanese capital had a net population inflow of 38,023, up from 5,433 in 2021, the lowest level since the start of comparable records in 2014, according to a ministry report based on the country's resident registry. Flows of the population to Tokyo started to accelerate after COVID-19 restrictions on people's movements were relaxed. Migration to Tokyo has not returned to pre-pandemic levels, but it may accelerate as Japan reopens its economy and society. Tokyo's net population inflow stood at around 70,000 to 80,000 annually until 2019 before falling to 31,125 in 2020.

It does not look like the latest government incentives, including the one that offers one million JPY per child to move away from Kanto, are very successful.

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