Filipinos in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan

Filipinos in Kumamoto Prefecture have a registered population of 3,044 individuals as of 2022, the 17th largest group of Filipinos in Japan by prefecture, ahead of Shiga and behind Nagano.[1]

Major cities

The largest population of Filipinos in Kumamoto Prefecture is found in the city of Yatsushiro with 901 residents, followed by the capital city of Kumamoto, with 658 Filipinos. [1:1]


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

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Kumamoto Prefecture

Kumamoto Prefecture (熊本県, Kumamoto-ken) is a prefecture of Japan located on the island of Kyūshū. Kumamoto Prefecture has a population of 1,748,134 (as of 1 June 2019) and has a geographic area of 7,409 square kilometers. Kumamoto Prefecture borders Fukuoka Prefecture to the north, Ōita Prefecture to the northeast, Miyazaki Prefecture to the southeast, and Kagoshima Prefecture to the south.[3]

Kumamoto is the capital and largest city of Kumamoto Prefecture, with other major cities including Yatsushiro, Amakusa, and Tamana.[3:1]

Honda’s motorcycle production facility, the largest in the world, is located in Kumamoto City.[3:2]


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

Population by city and town

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

City or town 2022 2021
All 3,044 2,523
Yatsushiro 901 656
Kumamoto 658 619
Nagasu Town 181 142
Kikuchi 175 133
Yamaga 134 124
Tamana 108 98
Ōzu Town 103 76
Aso 94 69
Uki 90 88
Kōshi 60 49
Amakusa 49 41
Arao 45 43
Hitoyoshi 44 39
Nankan Town 44 38
Hikawa Town 44 33
Minamata 36 30
Uto 35 21
Yamato Town 31 21
Kami-Amakusa 20 19
Mashiki Town 19 24
Kikuyō Town 16 14
Misato Town 15 12
Nishiki Town 15 15
Minamioguni Town 13 7
Asagiri Town 13 12
Nishihara Village 12 10
Kōsa Town 12 7
Taragi Town 12 12
Takamori Town 10 10
Minamiaso Town 9 10
Nagomi Town 8 8
Kashima Town 6 3
Ashikita Town 6 8
Gyokutō Town 5 4
Oguni Town 5 5
Mifune Town 5 11
Sagara Village 4 4
Ubuyama Village 3 2
Yamae Village 3 3
Kuma Village 1 2
Tsunagi Town 0 0
Yunomae Town 0 1
Mizukami Village 0 0
Itsuki Village 0 0
Reihoku Town 0 0

Historical population

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


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

People, news and events


An interview with former technical intern trainees and Mindanao natives Jerose and Jecel, who now work as cleaning staff at Sakurajyuji Hospital in Kumamoto City under the new specified skilled worker visa, about their life in Japan, the challenges of studying Japanese, and their favorite places in Kumamoto. (1 December 2023)[7]


The aging population of Nagasu Town grapples with the growing population of foreigners from Vietnam and the Philippines, including one 34-year-old Filipino welder, who has no opportunities to interact with Japanese people because of language barriers. (20 October 2023)[8]


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

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

  7. A Second Home: Interview with Filipinos Living & Working in Kumamoto, Japan. WeXpats. 1 December 2023. Retrieved 4 February 2024. ↩︎

  8. Aging Japanese town faces challenge as foreign population grows by 20 times in 20 yrs. Miyakawa Sachiko. The Mainichi. 20 October 2023. Retrieved 4 February 2024. ↩︎