Ethnic groups of Japan

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Though it is said that Ethnic Japanese make up 98.5% of the total population and that the rest are Koreans 0.5%, Chinese 0.4%, other 0.6%,[1] in fact these numbers are not known. The Ministry of Justice in Japan conflates nationality with ethnicity, and they have no official data on the actual ethnic breakdown of people in Japan.[2]

Overview[edit]

Citizenship of foreigners in Japan in 2000
Source: Japan Statistics Bureau[3]

About 1.6% of Japan's total legal resident population are foreign citizens. Of these, according to 2012 data from the Japanese government, the principal groups are as follows.[4][5]

Nationality Number Percentage Of Population
 China 675,783 34.1% 0.52%
South KoreaNorth Korea Korea (South Korea/Chōsen) 530,421 26.0% 0.42%
 Philippines 203,027 10.0% 0.16%
 Brazil 193,571 9.5% 0.15%
 Vietnam 52,385 2.6% 0.04%
 Peru 49,483 2.4% 0.04%
 United States 48,371 2.4% 0.04%
 Thailand 40,146 2.0% 0.03%
Others 195,356 9.6% 0.15%
Total (as of 2012) 2,038,159 100% 1.6%

The above statistics do not include the approximately 30,000 U.S. military stationed in Japan, nor do they account for illegal aliens. The statistics also do not take into account minority groups who are Japanese citizens such as the Ainu (an aboriginal people primarily living in Hokkaido), the Ryukyuans (from the Ryukyu Islands south of mainland Japan), naturalized citizens from backgrounds including but not limited to Korean and Chinese, and citizen descendants of immigrants. The total legal resident population of 2012 is estimated at 127.6 million.

Filipinos[edit]

Filipinos in Japan formed a population of 202,592 individuals at year-end 2007, making them Japan's third-largest foreign community along with Brazilians, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Justice. In 2006, Japanese/Filipino marriages were the most frequent of all international marriages in Japan.[6] As of March 12, 2011, the Filipino population of Japan was 305,972.[7]

Koreans[edit]

Koreans in Japan are the fifth largest ethnic minorities in the country. Most of them arrived in the early 20th century.

As of 2012, there are 530,421 Koreans in Japan who are not Japanese citizens.[8]

Ryukyuan[edit]

Orok[edit]

Nivkh[edit]

Chinese[edit]

Chinese people in Japan are the one of the largest ethnic minority in Japan. They comprise 0.52% of Japan's population. Chinese people are mostly concentrated in Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama areas.

Ainu[edit]

The Ainu is an aboriginal ethnic Japanese tribe that make up a portion of the Japanese demography

Brazilians[edit]

There is a significant community of Brazilians in Japan, which is home to the second largest Brazilian community outside of Brazil. They also constitute the largest number of Portuguese speakers in Asia, even greater than those of formerly Portuguese East Timor, Macao and Goa combined. Likewise, Brazil maintains its status as home to the largest Japanese community outside of Japan.

Peruvians[edit]

Americans[edit]

Bangladeshis[edit]

Burmese[edit]

Indians[edit]

Indonesians[edit]

Iranians[edit]

Kurds[edit]

Mongolians[edit]

Nepalis[edit]

Pakistanis[edit]

Vietnamese[edit]

More than 300,000 Vietnamese is living in Japan by October 2018.

British[edit]

French[edit]

Irish[edit]

Colombians[edit]

Russians[edit]

Turks[edit]

Nigerians[edit]

Jews[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "East & Southeast Asia :: JAPAN". CIA The World Factbook.
  2. ^ Arudou, Debito (5 October 2010). "Census blind to Japan's true diversity". The Japan Times. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  3. ^ Japan Statistics Bureau Archived December 25, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., accessed December 8, 2007
  4. ^ (in Japanese) [1] 平成24年末現在における外国人登録者統計について.
  5. ^ "Disturbing trend: Japanese protesters use Nazism to attack Chinese, Koreans". AJW by The Asahi Shimbun. Archived from the original on October 13, 2014. Retrieved October 13, 2014.
  6. ^ "THIS FOREIGN LAND Inevitably, newcomers play growing role". Japan: Japan Times. January 2008.
  7. ^ "Embassy taps help of Pinoy groups in Japan". Japan: ABS-CBN News. March 12, 2011.
  8. ^ Statics at the Immigration Bureau of Japan (2012). Retrieved on 11 June 2012