Judeo-Japanese in Japan

Joshua Project has identified the Judeo-Japanese only in Japan





Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Jewish people began arriving in Japan in the nineteenth century. More Jews began coming to Japan after 1920. During World War II, the German Nazis tried to get the Japanese to come against the Japanese Jews but the Japanese government refused even though they were allies of Germany. Many Polish Jews escaped to Japan via Lithuania in the early part of the war.

After the war, many Jews in Japan went to live in Israel after it became a country in 1948. Some went to western countries like America. Regarding the Jews that stayed in Japan, some married the Japanese.

There are many Japanese families in the capital Tokyo. Some are in Kobe which is the sixth largest city in Japan. The Jewish people first went to Kobe to live after the 1923 earthquake in the Japanese island of Honshu.

Some Jews come to Japan for business reasons and some stay only for a short time. There are Jews among the American military in Japan. There are Jewish community centers in the cities where they mostly live. They speak mainly in Japanese.

Many books on the Jewish faith are in Japan. Not too many of the Jews attend synagogues here. Many Japanese Jews work in finance and there are journalists and students too. There is a Kibbutz monthly periodical in Japanese. Most Jews living in Japan now are from America. A lot of Japanese know very little about Jewish people who are living in Japan.

Prayer Points

* Pray that Jewish people in Japan find a liking to the Bible rather than in Japanese secularism.
* Pray that Messianic Jews will lead the Japanese Jews to Jesus Christ.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-05-30
People Name General Judeo-Japanese
People Name in Country Judeo-Japanese
Population in Japan 50,000
World Population 50,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.2
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc East Asian Peoples
People Cluster Japanese
People Name General Judeo-Japanese
Ethnic Code MSY45a
People ID 18383
Country Japan
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Enthologue Language Map

Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Japanese (50,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Japanese 50,000
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: Ethnic Religions

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.80 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
4.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
40.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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