Japanese in Indonesia





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Japanese began coming to Indonesia in large numbers more than a hundred years ago. After the Japanese occupation of Indonesia in World War II, some Japanese soldiers remained to help the Indonesians fight against the Dutch who ruled Indonesia.

About forty years ago, Japanese manufacturers began coming to Indonesia to build factories for electronic items and managers and staff came from Japan to work here.

Many Japanese women came to Indonesia and married Indonesian men. Some met their husbands when studying and some when coming to Bali as tourists. There are a few divorces each year.

There is one newspaper in Japanese in Indonesia and it is called the Daily Jakarta Shimbun. One of the wives of the first president of Indonesia is Japanese.

A lot of the Japanese in Indonesia live in the capital Jakarta and in Bali. They speak Japanese and Indonesian. The Japanese tend to be followers of Buddhism and Shintoism and many are secular.

Prayer Points

* Pray that missions find ways to get the Japanese to want to know about Christianity and to come to Jesus Christ.
* Pray against the Japanese love of materialism.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Population in Indonesia 13,000
World Population 124,291,000
Countries 44
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ko, Nihonjin
Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Japanese
People Name General Japanese
Ethnic Code MSY45a
People ID 12322
Country Indonesia
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 47  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Japanese (13,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Japanese 13,000
For Primary Language: Japanese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1837-1992)
New Testament Yes   (1879-1993)
Complete Bible Yes   (1883-1987)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Gateway Scripture Text / Printed Matter
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Biblica Japanese Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Colloquial Japanese (1955) Text / Printed Matter
Cartoon Gospel tract Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Audio Recordings
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Japanese Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
60.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
2.30 %
Ethnic Religions
37.70 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
30.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
35.0 %
Roman Catholic
35.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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