Tokyo named third most magnetic city for global talent

Tokyo is the world’s third most magnetic city for businesspeople, creative types and other forms of skilled expatriate labor. That’s according to a ranking of 42 major cities in the annual Global Power City Index, released Tuesday.

Trailing only London and New York, Tokyo inched up one notch this year, edging Paris into No. 4 position. Tokyo had held the No. 4 slot every year since the survey began in 2008.

Compiled annually by the Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies, the ranking assesses cities for “their comprehensive power which allows them to attract creative individuals and business enterprises from every continent.”

It rates cities for six strengths: economy, research and development, cultural interaction, livability, environment and accessibility.

The two main factors for Tokyo’s rise this year were the weaker yen, thanks to the economic policies of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and increasing numbers of foreign visitors ahead of the 2020 Olympics, said GPCI committee member Hiroo Ichikawa, a professor at Meiji University’s Graduate School of Governance Studies. Ichikawa was involved in compiling the report.

Ichikawa said Paris was downgraded due to a drop in the number of tourists and foreign students following the terrorist attacks in the city last November.