Japanese in New Zealand





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The first Japanese that came to New Zealand were circus entertainers in 1874. Before World War II there were only a few Japanese in New Zealand who were mainly wool traders. In the war many Japanese were imprisoned in New Zealand. When the war ended relations between Japan and New Zealand were restored. Some New Zealand soldiers married Japanese women who found life difficult at one time to adjust to in New Zealand due to differing cultures.

In the 1960s New Zealand people began liking things of Japan like pottery. In the late 1980s many more Japanese came to live in New Zealand as there were changes in immigration laws. Many of them live in Auckland which has the largest number of them and some Japanese live in other New Zealand cities such as Wellington. There are Japanese markets in these cities. The Japanese are involved in finance in New Zealand among other things. Some of the women are au pairs. There are Japanese restaurants.

In the 1990s, Japanese students came to New Zealand. The Japanese like New Zealand as it is less crowded than the big Japanese cities. Japanese Karaoke and garden design are well liked in New Zealand too.

Prayer Points

* As with the Japanese in general pray that the Japanese in New Zealand will not place so much emphasis on materialism.
* Pray that they will search for spiritual things and give their lives to Jesus Christ.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Population in New Zealand 14,000
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

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Japanese (14,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Japanese 14,000
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
69.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
24.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
3.0 %
16.0 %
2.0 %
Other Christian
24.0 %
29.0 %
Roman Catholic
26.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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