Thai in Japan


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Introduction / History

The Central Thai, or Siamese, live on the country's rich central plain. The area, which includes the capital city of Bangkok, is watered by the Chao Phraya River. The Central Thai, who represent more than a third of the population, call themselves the Khon Thai, meaning "the free people".

Centuries ago the Thai lived north of Yangtzekiang in China. Relentless pressure by the Chinese gradually forced them southward. They conquered many peoples and cultures as they sought a new homeland, and by the 10th century they had settled in Central Thailand. A bloodless revolution in 1932, led by Westernized intellectuals, instituted a democratic constitutional monarchy. However, the country has suffered numerous governmental upheavals since then. Today, Buddhism is the central and unifying force in Thai society and even maintains social control. The Central Thai speak Thai, the official language of the country.


Where Are they Located?

About half of the Thai people in Japan live in Kanto, a suburb of Tokyo.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Thailand is a fairly prosperous nation, so there is not a large Thai diaspora. Traditionally the Japanese and the Thai have had good relations, so the Thai are welcome in Japan. There seems to be a cultural affinity between the Japanese and the Thai. Both cultures resist overt conflict and enjoy one another's foods. There is a lot of trade between Japan and Thailand. There is even a Japanthaifanclub" Facebook page!

It is very common for the Thai to go to Japan as tourists, but some find temporary work there and overstay their visas. Some Thai women work in Japan as sex workers or take on blue collar jobs. Others migrate to Japan to marry Japanese men.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Theravada Buddhism was introduced in Thailand in 329 B.C. Almost all of the Thai are devout followers of Buddha ("the enlightened one") and seek to eliminate suffering and improve their future by gaining merit in pursuit of perfect peace, or nirvana. They believe that merit can be acquired through feeding monks, donating to temples, and attending worship services. The Japanese majority adheres to a different form of Buddhism than the Thai.

Traditionally, young men enter a Buddhist monastery for three months to study Buddhism. The Thai also incorporate their Buddhist beliefs with folk animism, a practice in which they seek help through the worship of spirits and objects.


What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Thai people in Japan need to understand that they are sinners who need forgiveness from the God who created them. They need to find their way to the only One who can bridge the gap between God and man, Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thai in Japan.

* Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of the Thai people in Japan.
* Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of Thai families and communities through the abundant life Jesus offers to all who call on His name.
* Pray for God's blessing on the Thai leaders along with their families, and for their communities to welcome and enjoy God's blessing.
* Pray for the Lord to multiply the reception and influence of His Word among this people group, leading them to love Him with their whole being.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/JA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/TH
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/11277/KS
http://www.nationmultimedia.com/opinion/Letter-from-Tokyo-why-Thais-come-to-Japan-30281454.html
http://nbakki.hatenablog.com/entry/Thai_population_in_Japan
https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/news-analysis/thailand-japan-share-mutual-affection-that-is-rare-in-asia
http://www.igs.ocha.ac.jp/igs/IGS_publication/journal/5/journal05047.pdf
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24751839.2018.1537557


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-07-29
People Name General Thai
People Name in Country Thai
Pronunciation TIE
Population this Country 9,800
Population all Countries 23,586,000
Total Countries 29
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bangkok Thai; Central Tai; Khon Tai; Lao Song; Siamese; Siamese Thai; Tai Noi; Thai Khom; Thai Klang; Thai Song
People ID 11277
ROP3 Code 101940
Country Japan
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Japan
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Thai (9,800 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Thai (9,800 speakers)
Language Code tha   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Thai

Primary Language:  Thai

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1834-1967)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1843-1977)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1883-2020)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Come to Me
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Thai
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
General Walk with the Prophets and meet the Messiah
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Biblica Thai
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
94.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
1.00 %
Non-Religious
3.00 %
Other / Small
1.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
7.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
4.0 %
Protestant
44.0 %
Roman Catholic
45.0 %
Photo Source Deepak Meena - Pixabay  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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