Japanese in China

Population

6,740

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Copyright © Operation China, Paul Hattaway


Identity

Despite having adapted to Chinese language and culture, some Japanese in China have stubbornly retained their ethnic identity and have longed to return to their homeland. Yu Kita Otosaka, a mother of four who returned to Japan in 1974, said, "I must not forget how well the Chinese people treated me, though I had fleas and lice all over but I always wanted to come back to this homeland."

All displaced Japanese were forced to learn Mandarin in order to survive in China. Consequently, many of their children are now unable to speak Japanese.


History

As a result of the hakkio-ichiu (the whole world under one roof) policy, 300,000 Japanese troops invaded northeast China in 1932. Until 1945 they occupied a vast territory, which they renamed Manchkuo. Their rule was a reign of terror. "Undisciplined soldiers looted, raped and killed as they desired. Thousands of Chinese girls were gang raped, then killed for sport. The only safe place was with foreigners. When soldiers were about, mission schools, hospitals and homes were jammed with Chinese women and girls." Due to the sudden defeat and withdrawal of the Japanese forces, many orphans and women were left behind in China.


Customs

After the war ended, most of the Japanese women who were left behind married Chinese men and settled down to raise children, with many of their traditional Japanese customs being abandoned.


Religion

The belief of most Japanese in China is a mixture of Mahayana Buddhism and ancestor worship. Many others, because of the influence of Communism, are now atheists.


Christianity

There are no known Christians among the Japanese in China, although the recent revival among the Han Chinese in Heilongjiang Province may have touched the lives of some displaced Japanese. Living in Chinese communities for several decades, at least one-fourth of the Japanese in China are estimated to have heard the gospel. The Japanese Bible is unavailable in China, but most can no longer read the Japanese script anyway.



Profile Source: Operation China, Paul Hattaway Copyrighted ©: Yes Used with permission

People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Population in China 6,740
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ko, Nihonjin
Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Japanese
People Name General Japanese
Ethnic Code MSY45a
Country China
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country There is no single cohesive Japanese community or village in China. They are scattered throughout towns and villages in what was formerly called Manchuria, now the northeastern Chinese provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, and Liaoning.
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Japanese: Western Japanese 6,700
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Japanese: Western Japanese 6,700
Largest Religion Buddhism
Buddhism
60.00%
Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
15.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
25.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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