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Tokyo population growth flattens as telecommuters exit

Pandemic spurs drop in foreign population on travel ban

A work space in the resort town of Karuizawa operated by Mitsubishi Estate. Karuizawa saw an net population increase of 595.

TOKYO -- The population growth in the greater Tokyo area slowed significantly in 2020, government data released Wednesday shows, as the spread of remote work kept people away from the capital and other big cities in Japan. 

The combined population of Japan's three big urban areas of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya fell last year for the first time since data was first released in 2013. The three regions totaled 66.4 million people as of Jan. 1, just over half of the nationwide population.

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