TOKYO (Nikkei)–The estimated population of Miyagi Prefecture as of July 1 had decreased by 21,380 from March 1, the prefectural government said Monday, the result of deaths from the disaster and an exodus to other prefectures.
The tally does not cover the towns of Onagawa and Minamisanriku, for which local government officials do not have population figures because the damage was so severe. The prefecture’s population would likely fall further if these towns were included.
Roughly 11,000 residents have left Miyagi. For 11 of the 13 cities and towns along the coast, more people moved out than in. Meanwhile, the number of new arrivals exceeded those leaving in 13 of 20 inland municipalities. The population of the city of Sendai grew by about 3,500 as arrivals started to surpass departures in May.
In neighboring Fukushima Prefecture, as of May 1, the number of people moving out exceeded those moving in by roughly 15,000 since March. A government official notes that the actual figure may be higher because an unknown number of residents have left without notifying the local government office.
Iwate Prefecture is also believed to have suffered population declines in coastal areas.
(The Nikkei Aug. 9 morning edition)