Filipinos in Aichi Prefecture, Japan

Filipinos in Aichi Prefecture have a registered population of 41,918 individuals as of 2022, the largest group of Filipinos in Japan by prefecture, ahead of Tokyo and Kanagawa.[1]

Major cities

Much of the Filipino population of Aichi Prefecture can be found in the capital city of Nagoya, home to 9,851 Filipinos. At the border with Shizuoka Prefecture, at less than half the Filipino population is Toyohashi, where 4,477 Filipinos live.[1:1]

Other major cities where Filipinos reside are Toyota (2,214) headquarters of Toyota Motor Corporation; Okazaki (2,040) location of Mitsubishi Corporation’s Okazaki Factory; Anjo (1,934) headquarters of Makita Corporation; Ichinomiya (1,860) and Gamagōri (1,568).[1:2]

Cities of Aichi Prefecture with sizable Filipino population.[1:3][2] Darker color indicates higher population.

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Aichi Prefecture

Aichi Prefecture (愛知県, Aichi-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Chūbu region of Honshū. It has a population of 7,552,873 (as of 1 October 2019) and a geographic area of 5,172.92 square kilometers with a population density of 1,460 inhabitants per square kilometer (3,800/sq mi). Aichi Prefecture borders Mie Prefecture to the west, Gifu Prefecture and Nagano Prefecture to the north, and Shizuoka Prefecture to the east.[3]

Nagoya is the capital and largest city of Aichi Prefecture, and the fourth-largest city in Japan, with other major cities including Toyota, Okazaki, and Ichinomiya.[3:1]

Map of Japan with Aichi Prefecture in red.[4]

Population by city, town and village

Filipinos are found in all cities and towns of Aichi Prefecture, except for the small village of Toyone, at the northeastern point.[1:4]

City, town or village 2022 2021
All 41,918 39,149
Nagoya 9,455 9,851
Toyohashi 4,019 4,477
Toyota 2,073 2,214
Okazaki 1,856 2,040
Anjō 1,842 1,934
Ichinomiya 1,714 1,860
Gamagōri 1,514 1,568
Komaki 1,464 1,550
Nishio 1,413 1,543
Kasugai 1,312 1,370
Kariya 1,253 1,317
Toyokawa 728 807
Seto 717 770
Chiryō 718 689
Hekinan 570 611
Inazawa 531 576
Takahama 490 570
Ōbu 407 459
Toyoake 406 447
Inuyama 407 430
Tahara 347 423
Kōnan 389 395
Kitanagoya 364 381
Ama 360 380
Tsushima 321 369
Iwakura 337 351
Kanie Town 328 335
Handa 299 323
Tōkai 289 301
Yatomi 244 296
Miyoshi 283 296
Owariasahi 253 276
Kōta Town 245 276
Chita 269 270
Kiyosu 190 220
Higashiura Town 199 218
Tōgō Town 190 208
Toyoyama Town 185 180
Nisshin 150 179
Ōharu Town 142 165
Tokoname 127 162
Aisai 132 151
Shinshiro 121 150
Taketoyo Town 130 129
Nagakute 93 112
Fusō Town 71 80
Ōguchi Town 80 75
Minamichita Town 40 48
Agui Town 27 30
Mihama Town 23 23
Tobishima Town 21 20
Shitara Town 9 10
Tōei Town 2 3
Toyone Village 0 0

Historical population

Being the political, cultural and economic center of the country, Tokyo has historically had the most number of Filipino residents.

The area in and around Aichi Prefecture, however, is a major manufacturing hub and with the influx of Filipino technical intern trainees working in many factories in the region, the population of Filipinos in Aichi surpassed Tokyo’s in 2015 and still continues to rise.

Population of Filipinos in Aichi Prefecture and Tokyo from 1984 up to present.[5][6]

People, news and events

Filipino Anne Mari Gatos, 20, is arrested in Gamagori City on suspicion of abandoning the body of a newborn baby in a car. Gatos had been admitted to a hospital after complaining of abdominal pain, and when police investigated Gatos’ car after receiving a report from the hospital, they found the body of a baby boy wrapped in a blanket. (April 2024)[7]

Aichi prefectural police presents a letter of appreciation to Filipino Wiljhofferson Romero, 24, a Kasugai City resident who works at the Kasugai Hattacho outlet of Seven-Eleven Japan Co. for thwarting a phone scam being perpetrated against an elderly customer. (December 2021)[8]

Aichi Prefecture resident Maria Santos (pseudonym), along with 15 other Filipinos, forms the Aichi Migrants Workers, a union which aims to help foreign workers by holding monthly study sessions on Japan’s labor systems and laws. (March 2021)[9]

An 18-year-old Filipino at the Seto Juveline Detention Center in Aichi Prefecture learns to embrace his Filipino roots and his talent in speaking three languages. The detention center decided to launch a group work program to help foreigner detainees struggling to fit into Japanese society. (May 2020)[10]

Mitsubishi Motors, along with Panasonic and two other companies, are forced to cancel its technical intern training program after the Justice Ministry and the Foreign Skill Practice Training Association discovered that 27 Filipinos in the company’s factory in Okazaki City were doing parts assembly work rather than the semi-automatic welding described in its technical intern training plan. (January, 2019)[11]


  1. 第3表 市区町村別 国籍・地域別 在留外国人 (Table 3: Foreign Residents by City, Ward, Town, Village and by Nationality/Region. 3 December 2022) (XLSX). e-Stat政府統計の総合窓口. Immigration Services Agency of Japan (7 July 2023). Retrieved 13 December 2023. ↩︎ ↩︎ ↩︎ ↩︎ ↩︎

  2. Cities of Aichi Prefecture with sizable Filipino population. © reon ( CC-BY-SA-3.0. Original graphic © lincun (Wikipedia Commons) CC-BY-SA-3.0. Data used: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. ↩︎

  3. Aichi Prefecture. Wikipedia contributors. Wikipedia. Retrieved 18 December 2023. ↩︎ ↩︎

  4. Map of Japan with Aichi Prefecture in red. © lincun (Wikipedia Commons) CC-BY-SA-3.0. Data used: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan. ↩︎

  5. 都道府県別 国籍(出身地)別 外国人登録者 (Registered Foreigners by Prefecture and Nationality (Place of Birth) 1984 to 2023) e-Stat政府統計の総合窓口. Immigration Services Agency of Japan. Retrieved 18 December 2023. No available data for the years 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1993. ↩︎

  6. Population of Filipinos in Aichi and Tokyo. © reon ( CC-BY-SA-3.0. ↩︎

  7. 出産直後の赤ちゃんの遺体を車内に遺棄…フィリピン人女(20)逮捕「だいたい合っています」(20-year-old Filipino woman arrested after abandoning the body of newborn baby in a car). TBS News. 17 April 2024. Retrieved 24 April 2024. ↩︎

  8. Filipino clerk lauded for saving elderly customer from phone scam. Doi, Yoshinori. The Asahi Shimbun. 8 December 2021. Retreived 23 December 2023. ↩︎

  9. As pandemic bites, Filipino in Japan forms labor union for overseas workers. The Japan Times. 28 March 2021. Retrieved 23 December 2023. ↩︎

  10. Japanese juvenile detention center’s group work helps boy open up, embrace Filipino roots. The Mainichi. 10 May 2020. Retrieved 23 December 2023. ↩︎

  11. Mitsubishi and Panasonic banned from hiring foreign interns. Furukawa, Keiichi. Nikkei Asia. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2023. ↩︎