Country: Japan

Number of People Groups

36

People Groups Unreached

23 (63.9%)

Official
Language

Total
Population

125,876,000

Population in Unreached

123,137,000 (97.8%)

Literacy Rate

99 %

Largest Religion

% Professing Christian

2.2%

% Evangelical

0.58%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Progress
Scale
Primary Religion % Christian
Adherent
%
Evangelical
 Ainu 15,000 15,000 Japanese Ethnic Religions 20.00 % 1.00 %
Amami-Oshima, Northern 9,900 9,900 Amami-Oshima, Northern Buddhism 1.00 % 0.45 %
Amami-Oshima, Southern 1,800 1,800 Amami-Oshima, Southern Buddhism 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Americans, U.S. 50,000 190,291,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 %
 British 23,000 51,834,000 English Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 %
Burakumin 886,000 886,000 Japanese Buddhism 0.50 % 0.20 %
Deaf Unknown Unknown Japanese Sign Language Buddhism 1.00 % 1.00 %
 Eurasian 126,000 1,807,000 Japanese Buddhism 5.00 % 1.50 %
 Filipino, Tagalog 498,000 36,602,000 Tagalog Christianity 93.00 % 12.00 %
 French 6,300 49,762,000 French Christianity 62.00 % 1.00 %
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 36,000 77,696,000 Chinese, Yue Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 %
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 548,000 858,190,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 7.00 % 5.70 %
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 75,000 56,475,000 Chinese, Min Nan Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.00 %
 Han Chinese, Wu 7,000 92,293,000 Chinese, Wu Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.00 %
 Japanese 120,723,000 124,775,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.20 % 0.30 %
 Japanese, Brazilian 270,000 270,000 Portuguese Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 %
Judeo-Japanese 50,000 50,000 Japanese Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %
Kikai 13,000 13,000 Kikai Buddhism 3.00 % 0.72 %
 Korean 997,000 80,477,000 Korean Christianity 31.00 % 16.00 %
 Kunigami 4,900 4,900 Kunigami Buddhism 2.00 % 1.00 %
 Malay 10,000 11,665,000 Malay Islam 0.60 % 0.20 %
Miyako, Ryukyuan 67,000 67,000 Miyako Buddhism 3.00 % 0.51 %
 Mongol, Khalka 4,500 2,165,000 Mongolian, Halh Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 %
Oki-No-Erabu 3,200 3,200 Oki-No-Erabu Buddhism 3.00 % 0.50 %
 Okinawan, Ryukyuan 977,000 984,000 Okinawan, Central Buddhism 2.00 % 0.15 %
 Persian 50,000 40,630,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 %
 Peruvian 199,000 24,804,000 Spanish Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 %
 Punjabi 70,000 2,025,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 1.50 % 0.00 %
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 70,000 1,460,000 Bengali Islam 1.00 % 0.20 %
 Thai, Central 10,000 20,359,000 Thai Buddhism 1.00 % 0.50 %
Toku-No-shima 5,000 5,000 Toku-No-Shima Buddhism 2.00 % 0.55 %
 Turk 4,900 59,375,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %
 Vietnamese 14,000 84,970,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 10.00 % 1.80 %
Yaeyama 47,000 47,000 Yaeyama Buddhism 3.00 % 0.38 %
Yonaguni 800 800 Yonaguni Buddhism 1.00 % 0.00 %
Yoron 900 900 Yoron Buddhism 1.00 % 0.00 %
  Totals:  36 125,876,000       23   2.24 % 0.58 %
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 169,000              
  UN Country Population (2017) 126,045,000              
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Prayer Cards
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Bible
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Amami-Oshima, Northern ryn 1 1
Amami-Oshima, Southern ams 1 1
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete
Chinese, Min Nan nan 1 0 Complete
Chinese, Wu wuu 1 0 Complete
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete
English eng 2 0 Complete
French fra 1 0 Complete
Japanese jpn 5 4 Complete
Japanese Sign Language jsl 1 1
Kikai kzg 1 1
Korean kor 1 0 Complete
Kunigami xug 1 1
Malay zlm 1 1
Miyako mvi 1 1
Mongolian, Halh khk 1 1 Complete
Oki-No-Erabu okn 1 1
Okinawan, Central ryu 1 1 Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete
Spanish spa 1 0 Complete
Tagalog tgl 1 0 Complete
Thai tha 1 1 Complete
Toku-No-Shima tkn 1 1
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete
Yaeyama rys 1 1
Yonaguni yoi 1 1
Yoron yox 1 1
Totals: 31 36 23   17 18 20 20 13

RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
68.7 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.6 %)
2.2 %
Ethnic Religions
23.4 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
0.2 %
Non-Religious
5.5 %
Other / Small Religions
0.1 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
0.3 %
Independent
11.8 %
Orthodox
0.1 %
Other Christian
2.4 %
Protestant
28.3 %
Roman Catholic
50.4 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

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

Ministry Listing
Below is a partial list of ministries that may work in Japan or Northeast Asia. The lists below do not include all ministries at work in this country or region. This data is from circa 2006-2008 and is not being maintained by Joshua Project. There are likely many excellent ministries not listed here. Inclusion here is not an endorsement by Joshua Project.

In Japan Size
Act Beyond Medium
Advancing Renewal Ministries, Inc. Medium
Apostolic Christian Church Foundation, Missionary Committee Medium
Asian Access Medium
Bethany International Ministries Medium
Biblical Ministries Worldwide Medium
BILD International Small
Cadence International Medium
Christ Community Church Medium
Christar Medium
Christian Reformed World Missions Medium
Church of God, Anderson, Indiana Medium
Church Resource Ministries Medium
Converge Medium
Encompass World Partners Medium
Equip, Incorporated Medium
Eternal Difference Mission Small
Evangelical Baptist Missions Medium
Evangelical Congregational Church Small
Evangelical Covenant Church Medium
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Medium
FEBInternational Medium
Fellowship International Mission Medium
Foursquare Missions International Medium
Free Will Baptist Medium
Gospel Fellowship Association Medium
Hope for the Hungry Medium
International Pentecostal Holiness Church Medium
Japan Christian Link Small
Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society Small
Liberty Corner Mission Small
Liebenzell Mission International Medium
Local Churches in Google Maps Large
Lutheran Brethren World Missions Small
Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod Medium
Macedonian World Baptist Missions Medium
Mennonite Mission Network Medium
Mission to the World Medium
Navigators, International Missions Group Medium
New Life Advance International Small
North American Baptist Conference Medium
Norwegian Mission Alliance Medium
OMF International (Overseas Missionary Fellowship) Large
Orthodox Presbyterian Church Medium
Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship Medium
Presbyterian Mission International Small
Project AmaZon Small
Reformed Church in America Medium
Ripe for Harvest Incorporated Medium
Seed International Small
SEND International Medium
TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) Medium
Team Expansion Medium
The Mission Society Medium
Touch the World Youth Ministries Small
Walk Thru the Bible Ministries Medium
White Fields Medium
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, World Missions Small
World Venture Medium
In Northeast Asia Size
ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism) Large
Anglican Frontier Missions Small
Asia Evangelistic Fellowship International Medium
Asian Outreach, U.S.A. Small
Assemblies of God World Missions Large
Awana Clubs, International Medium
Baptist Bible Fellowship, International Medium
Baptist International Missions, Inc. (BIMI) Medium
Baptist Mid-Missions Medium
BCM International Medium
Bible League Medium
BMS World Mission Medium
Campus Crusade for Christ, International Large
Canadian Baptist International Ministries Medium
Child Evangelism Fellowship Medium
Christian Brethren Assemblies Large
Church Mission Society Medium
Church of God of Prophecy Medium
Church of the Nazarene World Mission Department Medium
Church World Service Medium
CLC International Medium
Commission to Every Nation Medium
Cooperative Baptist Fellowship Medium
EFCA International Mission Medium
Elim Fellowship Medium
EQUIP Foundation Small
Every Home for Christ Medium
Fellowship of Evangelical Churches Small
Final Frontiers Foundation Large
Free Methodist World Missions Medium
Frontiers Medium
Galcom International Small
Global Recordings Network Medium
GO International Small
Go Ye Fellowship Medium
Gospel Furthering Fellowship Small
InterAct - Evangeliska Frikyrkan Medium
InterComm Small
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students Large
International Street Kids Outreach Ministries Medium
Interserve Medium
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship Medium
Lifewords (Scripture Gift Mission) Medium
Literacy and Evangelism International Small
Mailbox Club International Small
Mission Ministries Medium
New Mission Systems International Medium
One Mission Society Medium
Open Air Campaigners (OAC) Medium
Open Doors International Medium
Operation Mobilization Large
Partners in Asian Missions Medium
Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada Medium
Pioneers Medium
Reformed Baptist Mission Services Small
Seventh-day Adventists General Conference Medium
Silent Word Ministries Small
Southern Baptist Convention - International Mission Board Large
Tearfund Medium
Tentmakers International Small
The Leprosy Mission Medium
United Methodist Church Medium
United Pentecostal Church Foreign Missions Medium
World Harvest Now, Incorporated Small
World Horizons Medium
Worldwide Tentmakers, Incorporated Small
Wycliffe Bible Translators Large
Young Life Medium
Youth with a Mission Large
Japan Statistics
People Groups 36
Unreached People Groups 23  (63.9%)
Population 125,876,000
Population in Unreached 123,137,000  (97.8%)
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2,478 to 2,514
Urbanization 93%
Continent Asia
Region Northeast Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code JA
Official National Language Japanese
Literacy Rate 99%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,259,000
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 2.2%
Percent Evangelical 0.6%
Country Progress Level 1
Persecution Ranking Not ranked


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