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Japan – People Groups
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People Groups
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Population Indig % Evangel % Adherent Least Reached Progress Scale Primary Religion Primary Language Pho Map Txt
Ainu15,000Y1.00 %20.00 %2 Ethnic ReligionsJapaneseP
Ainu
 T
Amami-Oshima, Northern9,900Y0.45 %1.00 %Y1 BuddhismAmami-Oshima, Northern M
Amami-Oshima, Northern of Japan
T
Amami-Oshima, Southern1,800Y0.50 %3.00 %Y1 BuddhismAmami-Oshima, Southern M
Amami-Oshima, Southern of Japan
T
Americans, U.S.50,00028.00 %78.00 %5 ChristianityEnglishP
Americans, U.S.
 T
British23,0008.00 %65.00 %4 ChristianityEnglishP
British
  
Burakumin886,000Y0.20 %0.50 %Y1 BuddhismJapanese  T
DeafY1.00 %1.00 %Y1 BuddhismJapanese Sign Language  T
Eurasian126,000Y1.50 %5.00 %Y1 BuddhismJapaneseP
Eurasian
 T
Filipino, Tagalog498,00012.00 %93.00 %5 ChristianityTagalogP
Filipino, Tagalog
  
French6,3001.00 %62.00 %3 ChristianityFrenchP
French
 T
Han Chinese, Cantonese36,0003.00 %10.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsChinese, YueP
Han Chinese, Cantonese
 T
Han Chinese, Mandarin548,0005.70 %7.00 %4 Non-ReligiousChinese, MandarinP
Han Chinese, Mandarin
 T
Han Chinese, Min Nan75,0005.00 %10.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsChinese, Min NanP
Han Chinese, Min Nan
 T
Han Chinese, Wu7,0005.00 %10.00 %4 Ethnic ReligionsChinese, WuP
Han Chinese, Wu
  
Japanese120,723,000Y0.30 %1.20 %Y1 BuddhismJapaneseP
Japanese
M
Japanese of Japan
T
Japanese, Brazilian270,00022.00 %95.00 %5 ChristianityPortugueseP
Japanese, Brazilian
  
Judeo-Japanese50,000Y0.80 %1.00 %Y1 Ethnic ReligionsJapanese  T
Kikai13,000Y0.72 %3.00 %Y1 BuddhismKikai   
Korean997,00016.00 %31.00 %5 ChristianityKoreanP
Korean
 T
Kunigami4,900Y1.00 %2.00 %Y1 BuddhismKunigamiP
Kunigami
M
Kunigami of Japan
T
Malay10,0000.20 %0.60 %Y1 IslamMalayP
Malay
M
Malay of Japan
T
Miyako, Ryukyuan67,000Y0.51 %3.00 %Y1 BuddhismMiyako M
Miyako, Ryukyuan of Japan
T
Mongol, Khalka4,5000.50 %1.00 %Y1 Ethnic ReligionsMongolian, HalhP
Mongol, Khalka
 T
Oki-No-Erabu3,200Y0.50 %3.00 %Y1 BuddhismOki-No-Erabu M
Oki-No-Erabu of Japan
T
Okinawan, Ryukyuan977,000Y0.15 %2.00 %Y1 BuddhismOkinawan, CentralP
Okinawan, Ryukyuan
M
Okinawan, Ryukyuan of Japan
T
Persian50,0000.20 %0.50 %Y1 IslamPersian, IranianP
Persian
 T
Peruvian199,00014.00 %95.00 %5 ChristianitySpanishP
Peruvian
  
Punjabi70,0000.00 %1.50 %Y1 IslamPunjabi, EasternP
Punjabi
 T
South Asian, Bengali-Speakin70,0000.20 %1.00 %Y1 IslamBengaliP
South Asian, Bengali-Speaking
 T
Thai, Central10,0000.50 %1.00 %Y1 BuddhismThaiP
Thai, Central
  
Toku-No-shima5,000Y0.55 %2.00 %Y1 BuddhismToku-No-Shima M
Toku-No-shima of Japan
T
Turk4,9000.00 %0.00 %Y1 IslamTurkishP
Turk
 T
Vietnamese14,0001.80 %10.00 %2 BuddhismVietnameseP
Vietnamese
 T
Yaeyama47,000Y0.38 %3.00 %Y1 BuddhismYaeyama M
Yaeyama of Japan
T
Yonaguni800Y0.00 %1.00 %Y1 BuddhismYonaguni M
Yonaguni of Japan
 
Yoron900Y0.00 %1.00 %Y1 BuddhismYoron   
Total People Groups:   36 125,873,000 17     23     24 11 27
Unclassified / Other Individuals 172,000  
UN Country Population (2017) 126,045,000  
Data Notes
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Japan – People Progress

% of People Groups [1]
 
% of Population in People Group [1] [2]
 
Progress Level Peoples % of Peoples Population % of Population [2]
  1 - Unreached 23 63.9 % 123,135,000 97.8 %
  2 - Minimally reached 2 5.6 % 29,000 0.0 %
  3 - Superficially reached 1 2.8 % 6,300 0.0 %
  4 - Partially reached 5 13.9 % 689,000 0.5 %
  5 - Significantly reached 5 13.9 % 2,014,000 1.6 %
Totals 36   125,873,000  


NOTES:
  1. Small Values: Values less than .3% are not shown on pie charts for labeling clarity.
  2. % of Population in People Group:  The percentage of the population that lives in a people group at each progress level. Not every person living in an unreached people group is necessarily unreached.
Japan – People Photos   *** Note:  Only people groups with photos available are displayed here.***
 

Ainu
15,000


Americans, U.S.
50,000


British
23,000


Eurasian
126,000


Filipino, Tagalog
498,000


French
6,300


Han Chinese, Cantonese
36,000


Han Chinese, Mandarin
548,000


© Copyrighted Photo
Han Chinese, Min Nan
75,000


© Copyrighted Photo
Han Chinese, Wu
7,000


Japanese
120,723,000


Japanese, Brazilian
270,000


Korean
997,000


Kunigami
4,900


© Copyrighted Photo
Malay
10,000


Mongol, Khalka
4,500


Okinawan, Ryukyuan
977,000


Persian
50,000


Peruvian
199,000


Punjabi
70,000


South Asian, Bengali-Speaking
70,000


© Copyrighted Photo
Thai, Central
10,000


Turk
4,900


© Copyrighted Photo
Vietnamese
14,000

Japan People Photos   *** Note:  Only people groups with photos available are displayed here.***
Japan – Languages
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Language
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Language
Code
# Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
Bible
Locator
Audio NT
Online
Jesus
Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Amami-Oshima, Northernryn11Need?
Amami-Oshima, Southernams11Need?
Bengaliben11Complete
Chinese, Mandarincmn10Complete
Chinese, Min Nannan10Complete
Chinese, Wuwuu10Complete
Chinese, Yueyue10Complete
Englisheng20Complete
Frenchfra10Complete
Japanesejpn54Complete
Japanese Sign Languagejsl11None
Kikaikzg11Need?
Koreankor10Complete
Kunigamixug11Need?
Malayzlm11Need?
Miyakomvi11Need?
Mongolian, Halhkhk11Complete
Oki-No-Erabuokn11Need?
Okinawan, Centralryu11Portions
Persian, Iranianpes11Complete
Portuguesepor10Complete
Punjabi, Easternpan11Complete
Spanishspa10Complete
Tagalogtgl10Complete
Thaitha11Complete
Toku-No-Shimatkn11Need?
Turkishtur11Complete
Vietnamesevie10Complete
Yaeyamarys11Need?
Yonaguniyoi11Need?
Yoronyox11Need?
Totals: 31 36 23   19 18 20 20 13
Data Notes
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Japan – Religions
Major Religions [1] [3]
Evangelicals: 0.6 %
(subset of Christianity)
 
Christianity Segments [2] [3]
(Evangelicals distributed across
Christianity Segments)
 
% Evangelical and % Professing Christian Trends [4]

NOTES:
  1. Major Religions: Each People Group's population is multiplied by the Major Religion percentages for that people group. Results are summed for each Religion for all Peoples within the country.
  2. Christianity Segments: Each People Group's population is multiplied by the Christianity Segments percentages for that people group. Results are summed for each Christianity Segment for all peoples within the country.
  3. Small Values: Values less than .3% are not shown on pie charts for labeling clarity.
  4. % Evangelical and % Professing Christian Trends:  Source Operation World Editions 1986, 1993, 2001, 2010.
    Zero percent data values may mean unknown or unavailable.
Japan – Possible Ministry Involvement
  • Below are lists of ministries that may work in Japan. Ministries in the Japan section probably minister in this country. Ministries in the Northeast Asia section only possibly minister in this country. The purpose of this information is to assist potential new missionaries connect with sending agencies and for general ministry networking. Click on the links below to visit ministry websites for further information. Visit the Power-Of-Connecting "Find a Network Tool" to find further networking information.
  • The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Omissions are not intentional, but occur simply from lack of data. Please contact us to suggest other ministries to include here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.
Ministries in Japan   Ministries in Northeast Asia
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Country Level Ministries Size
Act BeyondMedium
Advancing Renewal Ministries, Inc.Medium
Apostolic Christian Church Foundation, Missionary CommitteeMedium
Asian AccessMedium
Bethany International MinistriesMedium
Biblical Ministries WorldwideMedium
BILD InternationalSmall
Cadence InternationalMedium
Christ Community ChurchMedium
ChristarMedium
Christian Reformed World MissionsMedium
Church of God, Anderson, IndianaMedium
Church Resource MinistriesMedium
ConvergeMedium
Encompass World PartnersMedium
Equip, IncorporatedMedium
Eternal Difference MissionSmall
Evangelical Baptist MissionsMedium
Evangelical Congregational ChurchSmall
Evangelical Covenant ChurchMedium
Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaMedium
FEBInternationalMedium
Fellowship International MissionMedium
Foursquare Missions InternationalMedium
Free Will BaptistMedium
Gospel Fellowship AssociationMedium
Hope for the HungryMedium
International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchMedium
Japan Christian LinkSmall
Japanese Evangelical Missionary SocietySmall
Liberty Corner MissionSmall
Liebenzell Mission InternationalMedium
Local Churches in Google MapsLarge
Lutheran Brethren World MissionsSmall
Lutheran Church - Missouri SynodMedium
Macedonian World Baptist MissionsMedium
Mennonite Mission NetworkMedium
Mission to the WorldMedium
Navigators, International Missions GroupMedium
New Life Advance InternationalSmall
North American Baptist ConferenceMedium
Norwegian Mission AllianceMedium
OMF International (Overseas Missionary Fellowship)Large
Orthodox Presbyterian ChurchMedium
Presbyterian Evangelistic FellowshipMedium
Presbyterian Mission InternationalSmall
Project AmaZonSmall
Reformed Church in AmericaMedium
Ripe for Harvest IncorporatedMedium
Seed InternationalSmall
SEND InternationalMedium
TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission)Medium
Team ExpansionMedium
The Mission SocietyMedium
Touch the World Youth MinistriesSmall
Walk Thru the Bible MinistriesMedium
White FieldsMedium
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, World MissionsSmall
World VentureMedium
Ministries Listed:  59
 
Regional Level Ministries Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism)Large
Anglican Frontier MissionsSmall
Asia Evangelistic Fellowship InternationalMedium
Asian Outreach, U.S.A.Small
Assemblies of God World MissionsLarge
Awana Clubs, InternationalMedium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, InternationalMedium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI)Medium
Baptist Mid-MissionsMedium
BCM InternationalMedium
Bible LeagueMedium
BMS World MissionMedium
Campus Crusade for Christ, InternationalLarge
Canadian Baptist International MinistriesMedium
Child Evangelism FellowshipMedium
Christian Brethren AssembliesLarge
Church Mission SocietyMedium
Church of God of ProphecyMedium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission DepartmentMedium
Church World ServiceMedium
CLC InternationalMedium
Commission to Every NationMedium
Cooperative Baptist FellowshipMedium
EFCA International MissionMedium
Elim FellowshipMedium
EQUIP FoundationSmall
Every Home for ChristMedium
Fellowship of Evangelical ChurchesSmall
Final Frontiers FoundationLarge
Free Methodist World MissionsMedium
FrontiersMedium
Galcom InternationalSmall
Global Recordings NetworkMedium
GO InternationalSmall
Go Ye FellowshipMedium
Gospel Furthering FellowshipSmall
InterAct - Evangeliska FrikyrkanMedium
InterCommSmall
International Fellowship of Evangelical StudentsLarge
International Street Kids Outreach MinistriesMedium
InterserveMedium
Intervarsity Christian FellowshipMedium
Lifewords (Scripture Gift Mission)Medium
Literacy and Evangelism InternationalSmall
Mailbox Club InternationalSmall
Mission MinistriesMedium
New Mission Systems InternationalMedium
One Mission SocietyMedium
Open Air Campaigners (OAC)Medium
Open Doors InternationalMedium
Operation MobilizationLarge
Partners in Asian MissionsMedium
Pentecostal Assemblies of CanadaMedium
PioneersMedium
Reformed Baptist Mission ServicesSmall
Seventh-day Adventists General ConferenceMedium
Silent Word MinistriesSmall
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission BoardLarge
TearfundMedium
Tentmakers InternationalSmall
The Leprosy MissionMedium
United Methodist ChurchMedium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign MissionsMedium
World Harvest Now, IncorporatedSmall
World HorizonsMedium
Worldwide Tentmakers, IncorporatedSmall
Wycliffe Bible TranslatorsLarge
Young LifeMedium
Youth with a MissionLarge
Ministries Listed:  69
Data Sources
 
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Japan – Statistics, Prayer Cards, Maps and Links
 
Statistics
Population 125,873,000
Percent Urbanization 93 %
Total People Groups 36
Unreached People Groups 23
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Official National Language Japanese
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Professing Christian 2.2%  [1]
Percent Evangelical 0.6%  [2]
Country Progress Level 1
Persecution Ranking Not ranked (1=High to 50=Low OD)
Human Development Index 0.890 (0=Low to 1=High UN)

Links
Operation World
Window International Country Profile
Ethnologue Language Listing
State Department Religious Freedom Report
World Factbook

Notes
[1]  Calculated by summing the major religion data for the people groups in the country.
[2]  Calculated by summing the Evangelical data for the people groups in the country.
 
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