I obtained some figures of international marriage in Japan, which I shall summarise here, giving the historical trends from 1985 to 2003. The exact source of this statistical data is unclear, but presumably from some government agency.

UPDATE: I found the source, an Excel sheet on the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare web site.

  1985 1990 1995 2000 2001 2002 2003
All couples 735,850 722,138 791,888 798,138 799,999 757,331 740,191
Husband and wife both Japanese 723,669 696,512 764,161 761,875 760,272 721,452 704,152
Either foreigner 12,181 25,626 27,727 36,263 39,727 35,879 36,039
Husband Japanese, wife foreign 7,738 20,026 20,787 28,326 31,972 27,957 27,881
Wife Japanese, husband foreign 4,443 5,600 6,940 7,937 7,755 7,922 8,158

Now, by country for the foreign halfs…

Husband Japanese, wife foreign

Nationality of wife 1985 1990 1995 2000 2001 2002 2003
South or North Korea 3,622 8,940 4,521 6,214 6,188 5,353 5,318
China 1,766 3,614 5,174 9,884 13,936 10,750 10,242
Philippines n/a n/a 7,188 7,519 7,160 7,630 7,794
Thailand n/a n/a 1,915 2,137 1,840 1,536 1,445
USA 254 260 198 202 175 163 156
UK n/a n/a 82 76 93 85 65
Brazil n/a n/a 579 357 347 284 295
Peru n/a n/a 140 145 142 126 139
Others 2,096 7,212 990 1,792 2,091 2,030 2,427

Wife Japanese, husband foreign

Nationality of husband 1985 1990 1995 2000 2001 2002 2003
South or North Korea 2,525 2,721 2,842 2,509 2,477 2,378 2,235
China 380 708 769 878 793 814 890
Philippines n/a n/a 52 109 83 104 117
Thailand n/a n/a 19 67 55 45 62
USA 876 1,091 1,303 1,483 1,416 1,488 1,529
UK n/a n/a 213 249 267 317 334
Brazil n/a n/a 162 279 243 231 265
Peru n/a n/a 66 124 135 137 125
Others 662 1,080 1,514 2,239 2,286 2,407 2,601

2 Comments

NEW WORLD ORDER · March 4, 2013 at 15:50

What number of these chinese women are actually joseonjok?60,000 has married south koreans that turn out to be joseonjok, do you know any sources regarding marriage of ethnic chinese or etchnic koreans living in china? Maybe google translate will help find more japanese and chinese sources

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