Population dips in Tokyo area as people move out, a trend experts believe will continue

Remote working trend and lure of nature amid pandemic see more leaving crowded capital

Pasona Group's new headquarters in Awaji island, Hyogo prefecture. The human resources firm will move 1,200 people, or two-thirds of those working in the Tokyo head office, to the island in the Seto Inland Sea, near the cities of Kobe and Osaka, by 2024. PHOTO: PASONA GROUP
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More people left Tokyo than moved into the bustling Japanese capital in recent months, a trend that experts believe will continue with the rising adoption of telecommuting.

This comes as the pull of over-concentrated Tokyo loosens with the capital being the epicentre of Japan's Covid-19 outbreak. The city has a rolling seven-day average of 170 daily new cases as of yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 11, 2020, with the headline Population dips in Tokyo area as people move out. Subscribe