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Statistics of Minoh City
People from 86 countries, 2300 foreign residents(Mar.31, 2015) are living in the city of Minoh. Osaka University, National Museum of Ethnology, and other academic and cultural enrichments in the city and its neighborhood attract quite many temporary residents with a high educational background, while there are also many permanent residents, including Korean residents, living in Minoh.
“Community global awareness = communication in English with foreign students and university faculty members”. This is the image that immediately comes in our mind. However, residents living in an inaccessible area without a car and non-English spoken residents are easily left behind. These residents tend not to have equal access to information sources or opportunities for social life to those who are otherwise. This is where our challenges lie.
To promote the grassroots global awareness, MAFGA(Minoh Association for Global Awareness) has been providing projects for the realization of a diverse culture compatible community with the help of about 200 local volunteers regardless of their nationalities.
Data surrounding foreign residents
(*Data presented by Minoh City Office, General Affairs Department statistics)
1. Population changes of registered foreign residents in Minoh (produced based on the data annually updated in March)
2. Population ratio of the foreign nationals in Minoh (as of September, 2013)
As of the end of September, 2013, 2271 foreign residents from 97 countries are living in Monoh. The Korean residents make up the largest group and account for about one thirds of the entire population. People with Chinese nationality (including Taiwanese) come in second and account for one fifths of the entire population.
3. Registered foreign resident population by resident status in Japan
The registered foreign residents living in Japan are diverse by resident statuses as shown in below. The majority consists of the permanent residents and those with a Japanese spouse, while the number of people from Asian countries, along with other countries, with the purpose of settling down in Japan is increasing.
Now that “1 couple out of 15 couples is international marriage”, local communities are quickly transforming to multicultural and multiethnic communities. Under the circumstances, it is urgent to develop a city supportive to anyone on a local community basis.