Filipinos in Akita Prefecture, Japan

Filipinos in Akita Prefecture have a registered population of 862 individuals in 2022, the 42nd largest group of Filipinos in Japan by prefecture, ahead of Tokushima and behind Aomori.[1]

Major cities

The Filipino population in Akita Prefecture is concentrated in the cities of Akita, the capital, with 229 residents, and Yokote with 138 residents.[1:1]

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

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Akita Prefecture

Akita Prefecture (秋田県, Akita-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located in the Tōhoku region of Honshu. Its population is estimated 915,691 (as of 1 August 2023) and its geographic area is 11,637 km2. Akita Prefecture is bordered by Aomori Prefecture to the north, Iwate Prefecture to the east, Miyagi Prefecture to the southeast, and Yamagata Prefecture to the south.[3]

Akita is the capital and largest city of Akita Prefecture. Other major cities include Yokote, Daisen, and Yurihonjō.[3:1]

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

Population by city, town and village

Except for the town of Ikawa and village of Ōgata, Filipinos can be found throughout the Akita Prefecture.[1:3]

City, town or village 2022 2021
All 862 792
Akita 229 210
Yokote 138 128
Ōdate 72 65
Kitaakita 71 65
Noshiro 61 58
Yuzawa 38 27
Mitane Town 38 33
Daizen 35 36
Kazuno 33 28
Yurihonjō 24 27
Ugo Town 21 21
Kamikoani Village 18 19
Misato Town 17 15
Katagami 15 10
Oga 11 10
Semboku 10 11
Happō Town 8 8
Fujisato Town 7 9
Higashinaruse Town 5 5
Nikaho 4 3
Kosaka Town 3 0
Gojōme Town 3 3
Hachirōgata Town 1 1
Ikawa Town 0 0
Ōgata Village 0 0

Historical population

Akita Prefecture’s population of Filipinos, like next-door Aomori’s, has never has gone above 1,000 during the last 40 years.

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

People, news and events

Asahi Shimbun has a mini-profile of Louella Shoji, a Bacolod native and resident of Masuda Town who teaches English part-time, and Matilde Nagase, resident of Okura Village who met her husband through omiai, a meeting of single Japanese men looking for prospective wives arranged by the local municipalities. (24 September 2001)[7]


  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 Akita 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. Akita Prefecture. Wikipedia contributors. Wikipedia. Retrieved 18 December 2023. ↩︎ ↩︎

  4. Map of Japan with Akita 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 Akita and Tokyo. © reon ( CC-BY-SA-3.0. ↩︎

  7. Filipinas at home in rural Japan. Lugo Leotes Marie T. Asahi Shimbun. 24 September 2001. Retrieved 2 February 2024. ↩︎