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Los Angeles Is Top City for Japanese Living Abroad

Weekly Topic: Advice to students studying abroad

Nov 18, 2019

More Japanese people are now living abroad than at any time since the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs began collecting this information in 1968. Out of all the cities overseas, more Japanese people live in Los Angeles than anywhere else. As of October 1, 2017, over 1.3 million Japanese people were living abroad for three months or longer, an increase of 1% from the year before. Over 480,000 of them are permanent residents of another country. New York used to be home to the most Japanese people abroad, but that changed in 2007 when Los Angeles became the top city. More than 68,000 Japanese people now live in the Los Angeles area, and almost half are permanent residents. About 46,000 still live in New York, but only a third are there permanently. More than 30% of Japanese people living abroad – about 426,000 – are in America. About 9% live in China, the next most popular country, 7% are in Australia, and about 5% live in Thailand. While almost 30% live somewhere in Asia, most are only there for work, and just 8% are permanent residents. The cities in Asia with the most Japanese residents are Bangkok and Shanghai, with 52,000 and 43,000 residents each, but fewer than 2% of them are permanent residents. Meanwhile, about 48% of Japanese people in North America are permanent residents, as are 58% in Australia, where Sydney and Melbourne are the two most popular cities.

Exercise 3 Questions When did Los Angeles become the most popular city for Japanese people living abroad?

How many Japanese people live in the US? Which cities in Asia have the most Japanese residents?

 Do you find it surprising that Los Angeles is the most popular city for Japanese people living abroad?

Why do you think so many people from Japan choose to live in the US?

Do you expect the number of people from your country living abroad to increase over your lifetime? Why? Why not?

Would you rather live in New York or Los Angeles? Why?

If you were to move, what aspects of life in the US do you think you’d find most difficult to get used to?


Have you ever lived overseas?

If so, please share your experience. 

If not, have you thought about it? 

What do you think you'd miss most about home if you moved abroad? 

What would you tell someone if you were trying to convince them to move to your country?

Would you rather Discussionher live in China, Australia, or Thailand? Why?

Home is not where you live but where they understand you. – Christian Morgenstern. What do you make of this statement?

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