Filipinos in Kagawa Prefecture, Japan

Filipinos in Kagawa Prefecture, the smallest prefecture in Japan by area, have a registered population of 2,251 individuals as of 2022, making them the 26th largest group of Filipinos in Japan by prefecture.[1]

Major cities

More than half of all Filipino residents in Kagawa Prefecture live in the two major cities: the capital city of Takamatsu with 855 Filipino residents; and Marugame with 439 Filipino residents.[1:1]

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

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Kagawa Prefecture

Kagawa Prefecture (香川県, Kagawa-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Shikoku. It has a population of 949,358 (as of 2020) and is the smallest prefecture by geographic area at 1,877 square kilometers. Kagawa Prefecture borders Ehime Prefecture to the southwest and Tokushima Prefecture to the south. To the north, across the Seto Inland Sea, is Okayama Prefecture.[3]

Takamatsu is the capital and largest city, followed by Marugame.[3:1]

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

Population by city and town

All cities and towns of Kagawa Prefecture are populated by Filipinos.[1:3]

City or town 2022 2021
All 2,251 1,936
Takamatsu 855 767
Marugame 439 401
Sanuki 154 88
Mitoyo 135 124
Sakaide 128 117
Utazu Town 117 103
Tadotsu Town 94 60
Kan’onji 85 60
Ayagawa Town 48 42
Shōdoshima Town 42 38
Miki Town 37 28
Higashikagawa 33 34
Zentsūji 27 25
Tonoshō Town 26 25
Mannō Town 17 13
Kotohira Town 8 6
Naoshima Town 6 5

Historical population

Filipino population of Kagawa Prefecture has been rising steadily for the past 40 years, but remains in the low thousands.

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

People, news and events

Police detains Kagawa Five Arrows basketball player Filipino Edward Yamamoto in Takamatsu City for driving a car under the influence of alcohol. (11 December 2023)[7]

Filipino-Japanese Megumi Miyawaki, 25-year resident of Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture, is the proprietor of “RICH and Creamy,” a pudding specialty store that features a Philippine pudding called leche flan that is characterized by its richness and firmness as it uses only the yolk of the egg. The store features eight kinds of puddings with various flavors such as chocolate, cheese and coffee. (2 November 2022)[8]


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

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

  7. プロバスケ・香川ファイブアローズの選手を逮捕 酒気帯び運転をした疑い Pro Basketball Kagawa Five Arrows Player Arrested on Suspicion of Driving Under the Influence. KSB 4ch News. 11 December 2023. Retrieved 23 December 2023. ↩︎

  8. 「レチェフランはお父さんの味」フィリピンプリンを日本にも “香川の味”取り入れ挑戦続ける “Leche Flan is Father’s Flavor” Bringing Philippine Pudding to Japan, Continuing the Challenge of Incorporating the “Taste of Kagawa”. Koike, Yoko. Hotosena News. 2 November 2022. Retrieved 23 December 2023. ↩︎