Japanese in United Kingdom

Population

52,300

Christian

1.5%

Evangelical

0.50%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Profile Source: Rachel Routt


Introduction / History

In 1884 264 Japanese citizens lived in Japan. The majority were professionals and students. In an effort to modernize Japan students were also sent to the United Kingdom to study. Throughout World War II some Japanese migrated to the United Kingdom. In the 1960's a larger wave of Japanese migrated to Britain. The main reason for this migration was business. Lower airfares have also attracted more Japanese students to attend universities.


Where are they Located?

Japanese businessmen can be found throughout the UK. Japanese students can be found on university campuses such as Cambridge and Oxford. Most live in either homes or dormitories in or around school or work.


What are Their Lives Like?

Around 12,000 of the Japanese residents of Britain speak primarily Japanese. The Japanese assimilate into culture well, but remain proud of their culture. Since most are businessmen or students their lives are filled with work or study. Leisure time is spent experiencing the local culture.


What are Their Beliefs?

Most Japanese are Buddhist and Shinto by tradition. There is also a strong lean toward materialism. Japanese will celebrate the Buddhist and Shinto holidays and participate in Buddhist or Shinto ceremonies. Everyday practice is driven by materialism or superstition. The oldest son inherits the family shrine and it is placed somewhere in the Japanese home. Various gods and idols may be worshipped depending upon the person. Materialism and happiness in this life motivate the Japanese, while religion is an opportunity to keep in touch with tradition. There is also a small population of Japanese Christians, many of who become Christians when they study or work abroad.


What are Their Needs?

Japanese businessmen and students are away from home. Among the greatest needs of Japanese living in Japan are friendships in the new culture.

Japanese businessmen may work abroad while their families stay behind in Japan. Strong communication is needed to keep the family unit intact.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God would bring strong Christian friendships into Japanese businessmen and students lives.
* Pray for the Japanese businessmen who work away from their families.
* Pray that communication would remain strong with their families in Japan.
* Pray that the Japanese businessmen and students would have the opportunity to hear and see the Gospel lived out in everyday life.
* Pray that the Japanese businessmen and students would have open hearts to receive the Gospel.

References

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_in_the_United_Kingdom



Profile Source: Rachel Routt
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Country United Kingdom
Continent Europe
Region Western Europe
10/40 Window No
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People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
ROP3 Code 104189
Joshua Project People ID 12322
Indigenous Yes
Population in United Kingdom 52,300
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group Ko, Nihonjin,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Japanese 52,349
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Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Japanese
People Name General Japanese
Ethnic Code MSY45a
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Largest Religion Buddhism
Buddhism
58.50%
Christianity
1.5%    ( Evangelical  0.50% )
Ethnic Religions
24.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
0.00%
Non-Religious
16.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
3.00%
Independent
16.00%
Protestant
29.00%
Orthodox
2.00%
Other Christian
24.00%
Roman Catholic
26.00%
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