Filipinos in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan

Filipinos in Kagoshima Prefecture have a registered population of 2,229 individuals as of 2022, the 27th largest group of Filipinos in Japan by prefecture, ahead of Yamanashi and behind Kagawa.[1]

Major cities

Most the population of Filipinos in Kagoshima Prefecture is found in the capital city of Kagoshima, with 275 Filipinos and the cities of Kanoya and Makurazaki, with 234 and 183 Filipinos, respectively.[1:1]


Cities of Kagoshima Prefecture with sizable Filipino population (smaller islands not shown).[1:2][2] Darker color indicates higher population.

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Kagoshima Prefecture

Kagoshima Prefecture (鹿児島県, Kagoshima-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyushu and the Ryukyu Islands. Kagoshima Prefecture has a population of 1,564,175 (1 September 2022) and has a geographic area of 9,187 km2. Kagoshima Prefecture borders Kumamoto Prefecture to the north and Miyazaki Prefecture to the northeast.[3]

Kagoshima is the capital and largest city of Kagoshima Prefecture, with other major cities including Kirishima, Kanoya, and Satsumasendai.[3:1]

The prefecture has strong agricultural roots and is also largest beef and pork producing prefecture in Japan.[3:2]

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has several facilities within the prefecture, including the country’s main launch facility on Tanegashima and the Uchinoura Space Center.[3:3]


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

Population by city, town and village

Filipinos are found in all cities of Kagoshima Prefecture, except for one town and a few villages.[1:3]

City, town or village 2022 2021
All 2,229 1,962
Kagoshima 275 255
Kanoya 234 212
Makurazaki 183 139
Ibusuki 132 127
Satsumasendai 127 128
Minamikyūshū 125 121
Ōsaki Town 114 59
Izumi 102 94
Soo 102 62
Tarumizu 91 44
Kirishima 89 89
Shibushi 86 81
China Town 41 44
Satsuma Town 39 35
Ichikikushikino 36 40
Isa 33 24
Aira 33 34
Yakushima Town 33 32
Kikai Town 33 34
Tokunoshima Town 33 30
Kinkō Town 30 34
Higashikushira Town 29 20
Hioki 27 21
Kimotsuki Town 27 24
Amagi Town 26 28
Akune 23 20
Wadomari Town 23 22
Amami 16 17
Isen Town 16 19
Nishinoomote 13 12
Yūsui Town 12 18
Minamisatsuma 11 13
Nagashima Town 11 9
Minamiōsumi Town 10 9
Nakatane Town 4 4
Minamitane Town 3 3
Tatsugō Town 3 2
Yoron Town 3 2
Mishima Village 1 1
Toshima Village 0 0
Yamato Village 0 0
Uken Village 0 0
Setouchi Town 0 0

Historical population

The population of Filipinos in Kagoshima Prefecture has moderately increased during the past 40 years and is now in the low thousands.


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

People, news and events


Inquirer has a mini-profile of Filipinos who live in Kagoshima City: Lawrence Aikee Esmeli, a teacher at La Salle Gakuen, a private secondary boys’ school; Surigao del Sur native Maria Corazon Ojinonan, a long-time resident who helped found the Samahan ng mga Pilipino sa Kagoshima; and Ma. Victoria Lazaro, a single mother raising three children. (21 January 2018)[7]


References


  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 Kagoshima Prefecture with sizable Filipino population. © reon (Timog.net) 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. Kagoshima Prefecture. Wikipedia contributors. Wikipedia. Retrieved 18 December 2023. ↩︎ ↩︎ ↩︎ ↩︎

  4. Map of Japan with Kagoshima 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 Kagoshima and Tokyo. © reon (Timog.net) CC-BY-SA-3.0. ↩︎

  7. Kagoshima: Home is where the heart is. Salazar Marlet D. Philippine Daily Inquirer. 21 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2024. ↩︎