An influx of people into Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures slowed in 2020, apparently influenced by a high number of coronavirus cases reported in the capital and the ability to work remotely.

While people moving into Tokyo still outnumbered those leaving by 31,125, down 51,857 from the previous year, the surplus was the smallest since 2014 when the survey under the current format was first conducted, government data showed Friday.

Together with Chiba, Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures, the inflow of people into the metropolitan area surpassed outflow by 99,243, a fall from 148,783 in the previous year.