Filipinos in Mie Prefecture, Japan

Filipinos in Mie Prefecture have a registered population of 7,844 individuals as of 2022, the 12th largest group of Filipinos in Japan by prefecture, ahead of Fukuoka and behind Hiroshima.[1]

Major cities

The centers of Filipino population in Mie Prefecture are the capital Tsu and surrounding cities up to the border with Aichi Prefecture.

The largest population of Filipinos in Mie Prefecture is found in Matsusaka City, with 2,593 Filipino residents, the largest group of foreigners in the city.[2]

After Matsusaka, the largest groups of Filipinos are found in the capital city of Tsu, with 1,645 Filipino residents, Yokkaichi with 894 residents, Suzuka with 650 and Kuwana with 507.[1:1]

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

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Mie Prefecture

Mie Prefecture (三重県, Mie-ken), located in the Kansai region of Honshu, has a population of 1,781,948 (as of 1 June 2019) and has a geographic area of 5,774 square kilometers. Mie Prefecture is bordered by Gifu Prefecture to the north, Shiga Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture to the northwest, Nara Prefecture to the west, Wakayama Prefecture to the southwest, and Aichi Prefecture to the east.[4]

Tsu is the capital and Yokkaichi is the largest city of Mie Prefecture, with other major cities including Suzuka, Matsusaka, Ise, and Kuwana.[4:1]

Mie is home to a number of manufacturing industries, mainly transport machinery manufacturing, car production, semiconductors, and heavy chemical industries such as oil refineries.

Map of Japan with Mie Prefecture in red.[5]

Population by city, town and village

All cities, towns and villages of Mie Prefecture are inhabited by Filipinos.[1:3]

City, town or village 2022 2021
All 7,844 7,336
Matsusaka 2,537 2,453
Tsu 1,645 1,487
Yokkaichi 894 830
Suzuka 650 618
Kuwana 507 487
Iga 458 399
Nabari 214 211
Kameyama 179 163
Inabe 141 101
Kihoku Town 119 91
Ise 102 96
Komono Town 80 86
Kawagoe Town 43 44
Kisosaki Town 38 37
Owase 36 37
Tōin Town 36 34
Kumano 24 22
Meiwa Town 22 16
Shima 20 21
Taki Town 14 13
Taiki Town 14 14
Minamiise Town 13 13
Kihō Town 13 14
Toba 12 13
Asahi Town 10 12
Ōdai Town 9 9
Mihama Town 8 8
Tamaki Town 4 4
Watarai Town 2 3

Historical population

The population of Filipinos in Mie Prefecture has seen a steady increase during the last 20 years.

Population of Filipinos in Mie Prefecture and Tokyo from 1984 up to present.[6][7]

People, news and events

Filipina Rose Mary Arocha Okui (43) was found not guilty of violating the Stimulants Control Act. The presiding judge took issue with the fact that the charges were based on an unnatural Japanese translation provided by an interpreter during the police interrogation stage, and ruled that “the defendant’s involvement cannot be determined.”[8] (March 2024)

Increasing numbers of Filipinos in Mie Prefecture encouraged Sergeant Ayumi Mitani of the Prefectural Police to study Tagalog to have a better understanding of the prefecture’s Filipino residents, “who have different backgrounds, common sense and customs.” She was designated as Tagalog interpreter officer after two years of language training.[9] (March 2022)

Filipino Yoshiro Sambire Furukawa (14), junior high school student in Nabari City, is one of several students who are taking online Japanese language classes conducted by a nonprofit organization in Tokyo aimed at students in regions that lack sufficient support systems and knowhow due to a small number of foreign students.[10] (October 2020)

Municipal authorities in Matsusaka City visit residents’ homes to check up on children who have not been attending school to persuade their parents to continue their schooling. Among them are siblings Xander Chicote (12) and Cielou Chicote (8), children of third-generation Japanese-Filipinos, who have since started going to the local elementary school.[11] (January 2019)

Six Filipinos were killed and 22 other people were injured when a minibus they were riding on the way to a liquid crystal panel factory was broadsided by a truck in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture. [12] (November 2010)


  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. 市内の外国人で最多 フィリピンの在大阪総領事が松阪市を訪問 (The city’s largest group of foreigners: Philippine Consul General of Osaka visits Matsusaka City). Asahi Shimbun. 28 November 2023. Retrieved 16 March 2024. ↩︎

  3. Cities of Mie 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. ↩︎

  4. Mie Prefecture. Wikipedia contributors. Wikipedia. Retrieved 18 December 2023. ↩︎ ↩︎

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

  6. 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. ↩︎

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

  8. フィリピン国籍の被告に無罪判決 津地裁「取り調べ段階の通訳で誤認」(Filipino defendant found not guilty; Tsu District Court "Interpretation error during interrogation’'). Chunichi Shimbun. 14 March 2024. Retrieved 14 March 2024. ↩︎

  9. Tagalog, English speaking interpreter serves as bridge at west Japan pref. police. Yuka Asahina. The Mainichi. 27 March 2022. Retrieved 1 July 2024. ↩︎

  10. Mie Pref. offering online Japanese language classes to foreign students. Tatsuo Eto. The Mainichi. 26 October 2020. Retrieved 1 July 2024. ↩︎

  11. Education board surveys make difference in lives of foreign kids not attending school. Haruna Okyuama. The Mainichi. 12 January 2019. Retrieved 1 July 2024. ↩︎

  12. Six Filipinos killed in minibus crash. The Japan Times. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 16 March 2024. ↩︎