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Filipinos in Japan (Japanese: 在日フィリピン人 Zainichi Firipinjin, Filipino: Mga Pilipino sa Hapon) formed a population of 260,553 individuals at year-end 2017, making them Japan's fourth-largest foreign community along with Vietnamese, according to the statistics of the Ministry of Justice.[2] Their population reached as high as 245,518 in 1998, but fell to 144,871 individuals in 2000 before beginning to recover slightly when Japan cracked down on human trafficking. In 2006, Japanese/Filipino marriages were the most frequent of all international marriages in Japan.[3] As of 2016, the Filipino population in Japan was 237,103 according to the Ministry of Justice.[4]

Filipinos in Japan
Total population
Filipino, Japanese,
other languages of the Philippines

According to figures published by the Central Bank of the Philippines, overseas Filipino workers in Japan remitted more than US$1 billion between 1990 and 1999; one newspaper described the contributions of overseas workers as a "major source of life support for the Philippines' ailing economy."[5][6] Though most Filipinos in Japan are short-term residents, the history of their community extends back further; during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, some Filipino students studied in Japanese universities.[7]


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  1. ^ 【第1表】 国籍・地域別在留外国人数の推移 [[Table 1] Trends in number of foreign residents by nationality/region] (PDF). (in Japanese). 2018. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ 平成19年末現在における外国人登録者統計について [About the statistics of registered foreigners as of the end of 2007] (PDF) (in Japanese). Japan: Japanese Ministry of Justice. June 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 June 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help); Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Yoshida, Reiji (1 January 2008). "Inevitably, newcomers play growing role". The Japan Times. Japan. Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  4. ^ Catolico, Gianna Francesca (29 September 2016). "Filipinos 3rd-largest group in Japan—report". Retrieved 6 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Japan-Philippines Relations". Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. July 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2007.
  6. ^ Rodriguez, Ronald (15 September 2001). "Why Filipinos in Japan Matter". Philippines Today. Retrieved 4 April 2007.
  7. ^ de Asis, Leocadio (1979). From Bataan to Tokyo: Diary of a Filipino Student in Wartime Japan. University of Kansas.

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