Country of residence: the country where the person last lived or will next live for 12 months or more
Visitor arrivals: overseas residents arriving in New Zealand for a stay of less than 12 months.
The traditional regions of Japan are not official administrative units, but have been traditionally used as the regional division of Japan in a number of contexts.
Each region contains several prefectures, except the Hokkaidō region, which covers the entire island. Japan is divided into 47 prefectures.
A person may change their intentions after their arrival, which may mean the recorded passenger type becomes incorrect. Stats NZ does not revise published statistics for such changes, but advises that the published figures remain a good indicator of trends in permanent and long-term migration.
Data is derived from a sample of records and hence may contain sample error. Caution should be used when using data with low cell values.
'Transit' passengers do not complete border clearance - regardless of whether they travel by air or by sea - so are not included in these statistics. About three-quarters of cruise ship passengers visiting New Zealand are 'transit' passengers.