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Japan's countryside empties as young women set out for Tokyo

Lopsided internal migration patterns risk aggravating nation's population swoon

TOKYO -- "I could have found work back at home, but the pay and benefits are better in Tokyo," said a 22-year-old woman who moved from her native Miyagi Prefecture to the capital to work as a nursery school teacher. "I also wanted to try living in Tokyo, at least for a while."

She is not alone. Among Japan's 47 prefectures, 40 had more out-migrants than in-migrants in 2018, according to a report by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. 32 of those had more female than male out-migrants.

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