Country: Japan

Number of People Groups

38

People Groups Unreached

26 (68.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

123,874,000

Population in Unreached

121,296,000 (97.9%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

2.16%

% Evangelical

0.57%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

-0.4%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Ainu (Japan) 13,000 13,000 Ainu Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Amami-Oshima, Northern 9,600 9,600 Amami-Oshima, Northern Buddhism 1.00 % 0.45 % 1
 Amami-Oshima, Southern 1,700 1,700 Amami-Oshima, Southern Buddhism 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Americans, U.S. 49,000 195,898,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 British 22,000 53,788,000 English Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 % -
 Burakumin 870,000 870,000 Japanese Buddhism 0.50 % 0.20 % 17
 Deaf 248,000 49,091,000 Japanese Sign Language Buddhism 1.54 % 5
 Eurasian 123,000 1,738,000 Japanese Buddhism 5.00 % 1.50 % 2
 Filipino, Tagalog 489,000 39,974,000 Tagalog Christianity 93.00 % 12.00 % -
 French 6,200 50,354,000 French Christianity 62.00 % 1.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 35,000 79,773,000 Chinese, Yue Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 538,000 925,789,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 7.00 % 5.70 % -
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 73,000 43,970,000 Chinese, Min Nan Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Wu 6,800 81,734,000 Chinese, Wu Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.00 % -
 Japanese 118,468,000 120,442,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.20 % 0.30 % 2,369
 Japanese, Brazilian 261,000 261,000 Portuguese Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Jew, English-speaking 2,000 5,370,000 English Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
Judeo-Japanese 49,000 49,000 Japanese Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
Kikai 13,000 13,000 Kikai Buddhism 3.00 % 0.72 % 1
 Korean 978,000 81,880,000 Korean Christianity 31.00 % 16.00 % -
 Kunigami 4,800 4,800 Kunigami Buddhism 2.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Malay 9,700 18,194,000 Malay Islam 0.60 % 0.20 % 1
 Miyako, Ryukyuan 65,000 65,000 Miyako Buddhism 3.00 % 0.51 % 1
 Mongol, Khalka 4,400 2,518,000 Mongolian, Halh Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 % 1
Oki-No-Erabu 3,100 3,100 Oki-No-Erabu Buddhism 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Okinawan, Ryukyuan 1,159,000 1,166,000 Okinawan, Central Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.15 % 23
 Persian 49,000 44,131,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 1
 Peruvian 106,000 25,984,000 Spanish Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 % -
 Punjabi 69,000 2,136,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 1.50 % 0.00 % 1
 South Asian, Bengali-speaking 68,000 1,874,000 Bengali Islam 1.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Thai 9,700 24,196,000 Thai Buddhism 1.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Toku-No-Shima 4,900 4,900 Toku-No-Shima Buddhism 2.00 % 0.55 % 1
 Turk 4,800 65,529,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Uyghur 1,000 12,311,000 Uyghur Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Vietnamese 14,000 85,785,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 10.00 % 1.80 % -
 Yaeyama 45,000 45,000 Yaeyama Buddhism 3.00 % 0.38 % 1
Yonaguni 800 800 Yonaguni Buddhism 1.00 % 0.00 % 1
Yoron 900 900 Yoron Buddhism 1.00 % 0.00 % 1
  Totals:  38 123,874,000         26 2.16 % 0.57 % 2,437 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 78,000                
  UN Country Population (2022) 123,952,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Aichi 7,300,000
Akita 998,000
Aomori 1,277,000
Chiba 6,071,000
Ehime 1,352,000
Fukui 768,000
Fukuoka 4,977,000
Fukushima 1,867,000
Gifu 1,983,000
Gunma 1,890,000
Hiroshima 2,775,000
Hokkaido 5,251,000
Hyōgo 5,401,000
Ibaraki 2,846,000
Ishikawa 1,126,000
Iwate 1,248,000
Kagawa 953,000
Kagoshima 1,608,000
Kanagawa 8,902,000
Kochi 710,000
Kumamoto 1,743,000
Kyoto 2,546,000
Mie 1,771,000
Miyagi 2,277,000
Miyazaki 1,077,000
Nagano 2,048,000
Naoasaki 1,344,000
Nara 1,331,000
Niigata 2,248,000
Oita 1,138,000
Okayama 1,875,000
Okinawa 1,399,000
Osaka 8,621,000
Saga 812,000
Saitama 7,082,000
Shiga 1,378,000
Shimane 677,000
Shizuoka 3,610,000
Tochigi 1,926,000
Tokushima 737,000
Tokyo 13,181,000
Tottori 560,000
Toyama 1,041,000
Wakayama 940,000
Yamagata 1,095,000
Yamaguchi 1,370,000
Yamanashi 814,000
Provinces:  47 123,944,000
UN Country Population 123,952,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Ainu ain 1 1 New Testament
Amami-Oshima, Northern ryn 1 1 Unspecified
Amami-Oshima, Southern ams 1 1 Unspecified
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Min Nan nan 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Wu wuu 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 3 1 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Japanese jpn 4 4 Complete Bible
Japanese Sign Language jsl 1 1 Bible Portions
Kikai kzg 1 1 Unspecified
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Kunigami xug 1 1 Unspecified
Malay zlm 1 1 Complete Bible
Miyako mvi 1 1 Unspecified
Mongolian, Halh khk 1 1 Complete Bible
Oki-No-Erabu okn 1 1 Unspecified
Okinawan, Central ryu 1 1 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Spanish spa 1 0 Complete Bible
Tagalog tgl 1 0 Complete Bible
Thai tha 1 1 Complete Bible
Toku-No-Shima tkn 1 1 Unspecified
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete Bible
Yaeyama rys 1 1 Unspecified
Yonaguni yoi 1 1 Unspecified
Yoron yox 1 1 Unspecified
Totals: 33 38 26   20 19 21 21 16
Networking Possibilities

Search the Web
There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Japan. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Japan
  • Christian ministry in Japan
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Japan Statistics
People Groups 38
Unreached People Groups 26  (68.4%)
Population 123,874,000
Population Annual Growth Rate -0.2%
Population in Unreached 121,296,000  (97.9%)
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 2.2%
Percent Evangelical 0.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate -0.4%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2,437
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 92%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Northeast
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code JA
Official Language(s) Japanese
Literacy Rate 99%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,239,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked


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