Country: Japan

Number of People Groups

36

People Groups Unreached

23 (63.9%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

126,730,000

Population in Unreached

123,979,000 (97.8%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

2.2%

% Evangelical

0.58%

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 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 % 1
Amami-Oshima, Southern 1,800 1,800 Amami-Oshima, Southern Buddhism 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Americans, U.S. 51,000 191,659,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 British 23,000 53,604,000 English Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 % -
Burakumin 890,000 890,000 Japanese Buddhism 0.50 % 0.20 % 18
 Deaf 254,000 46,968,000 Japanese Sign Language Buddhism 1.54 % 5
 Eurasian 126,000 1,727,000 Japanese Buddhism 5.00 % 1.50 % 3
 Filipino, Tagalog 501,000 37,887,000 Tagalog Christianity 93.00 % 12.00 % -
 French 6,300 50,163,000 French Christianity 62.00 % 1.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 36,000 79,340,000 Chinese, Yue Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 551,000 878,433,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 7.00 % 5.70 % -
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 75,000 57,671,000 Chinese, Min Nan Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Wu 7,000 94,851,000 Chinese, Wu Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.00 % -
 Japanese 121,301,000 124,370,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.20 % 0.30 % 2,426
 Japanese, Brazilian 271,000 271,000 Portuguese Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
Judeo-Japanese 51,000 51,000 Japanese Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
Kikai 13,000 13,000 Kikai Buddhism 3.00 % 0.72 % 1
 Korean 1,001,000 80,715,000 Korean Christianity 31.00 % 16.00 % -
 Kunigami 4,900 4,900 Kunigami Buddhism 2.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Malay 10,000 17,117,000 Malay Islam 0.60 % 0.20 % 1
 Miyako, Ryukyuan 67,000 67,000 Miyako Buddhism 3.00 % 0.51 % 1
 Mongol, Khalka 4,500 2,395,000 Mongolian, Halh Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 % 1
Oki-No-Erabu 3,200 3,200 Oki-No-Erabu Buddhism 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Okinawan, Ryukyuan 981,000 988,000 Okinawan, Central Ethnic Religions 2.00 % 0.15 % 20
 Persian 51,000 41,265,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 1
 Peruvian 200,000 24,922,000 Spanish Christianity 95.00 % 14.00 % -
 Punjabi 71,000 2,232,000 Punjabi, Eastern Islam 1.50 % 0.00 % 1
 South Asian, Bengali-Speaking 71,000 1,548,000 Bengali Islam 1.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Thai 10,000 21,380,000 Thai Buddhism 1.00 % 0.50 % 1
Toku-No-shima 5,000 5,000 Toku-No-Shima Buddhism 2.00 % 0.55 % 1
 Turk 5,000 61,304,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Vietnamese 14,000 84,659,000 Vietnamese Buddhism 10.00 % 1.80 % -
Yaeyama 47,000 47,000 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:  36 126,730,000         23 2.23 % 0.58 % 2,490 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 130,000                
  UN Country Population (2019) 126,860,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Aichi 7,322,000
Akita 1,001,000
Aomori 1,281,000
Chiba 6,089,000
Ehime 1,356,000
Fukui 770,000
Fukuoka 4,992,000
Fukushima 1,873,000
Gifu 1,989,000
Gunma 1,896,000
Hiroshima 2,783,000
Hokkaido 5,267,000
Hyōgo 5,417,000
Ibaraki 2,855,000
Ishikawa 1,129,000
Iwate 1,252,000
Kagawa 956,000
Kagoshima 1,613,000
Kanagawa 8,929,000
Kochi 712,000
Kumamoto 1,748,000
Kyoto 2,553,000
Mie 1,777,000
Miyagi 2,283,000
Miyazaki 1,080,000
Nagano 2,055,000
Naoasaki 1,348,000
Nara 1,335,000
Niigata 2,255,000
Oita 1,142,000
Okayama 1,880,000
Okinawa 1,403,000
Osaka 8,647,000
Saga 815,000
Saitama 7,104,000
Shiga 1,382,000
Shimane 679,000
Shizuoka 3,621,000
Tochigi 1,932,000
Tokushima 740,000
Tokyo 13,221,000
Tottori 562,000
Toyama 1,044,000
Wakayama 943,000
Yamagata 1,099,000
Yamaguchi 1,375,000
Yamanashi 817,000
Provinces:  47 124,322,000
UN Country Population 126,860,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 284,199,000 224.3 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.4 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 758,319,000 598.4 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 204,211,000 161.1 % 93.4 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 113,627,000 89.7 % 81.8 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.7 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
126,730,000
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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
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 2 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Japanese jpn 5 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
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete Bible
Yaeyama rys 1 1 Unspecified
Yonaguni yoi 1 1 Unspecified
Yoron yox 1 1 Unspecified
Totals: 31 36 23   19 18 20 20 13

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
68.1 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.6 %)
2.2 %
Ethnic Religions
23.9 %
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
50.3 %
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

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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 36
Unreached People Groups 23  (63.9%)
Population 126,730,000
Population Annual Growth Rate -0.2%
Population in Unreached 123,979,000  (97.8%)
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 2.2%
Percent Evangelical 0.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate -0.4%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2,490
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 1,267,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked