According to an Asahi Shimbun survey based on Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications statistics, the number of people who moved out of the Tokyo metropolitan area (Tokyo, Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama prefectures) exceeded the number who moved into the area in June and July .
As a result, the total population in the metropolitan area decreased by about 4,000 in the two months.
In Tokyo alone, the population dropped by about 6,400.
Although the decrease may seem small for Tokyo, which still has a total population of 13.18 million, the population in the capital normally rises in the spring to summer months when people land jobs or enroll in universities.
Since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered the nuclear crisis, companies have dispersed the functions of their head offices from Tokyo to other prefectures. And residents continue to move to western Japan and other areas to avoid possible nuclear fallout.
In addition, the number of registered foreign residents in Tokyo has plummeted by about 10,000 since March 11.
Kenko.com Inc., Which sells health food and other products on the Internet, set up an office in Fukuoka in May. By the end of August, about 30 of its 100 employees had been transferred to the new office.
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