Japanese in Brazil


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The first ethnic Japanese came to Brazil in 1908. They came from southern Japan, and they hoped to become coffee growers. Most had a good farming background, and they introduced better forms of irrigation and farming techniques. They eventually became landowners.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Japanese in Brazil can be architects, engineers, artists, businessmen or politicians. They tend to be well educated. The Brazilian Japanese have strong community associations. They marry within their group. They try to keep to themselves and are proud of their cultural heritage. Japanese young people attend special schools on Saturdays to learn the Japanese language and culture.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of the Japanese in Brazil claim to be Shinto and Buddhists like the people of Japan. For many secular Japanese, Buddhism is more cultural than religious.
Buddhism is the major world religion based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama or the Buddha, who lived in the 6th and 5th century BC in ancient India. The Buddha taught the Four Noble Truths by which one can gain spiritual knowledge and escape the endless cycles of reincarnation.
Mahayana Buddhism is the dominant branch of Japanese Buddhism. It asserts that by following the six perfections that a Buddhist can move along the path to Enlightenment.
Two of the important Buddhist yearly holidays are Vesak, the Buddha's birthday celebrated in May or June. Bodhi Day, the holiday in December or January commemorates the day that the historical Buddha experienced enlightenment under a Bodhi tree.


What Are Their Needs?

The Japanese in Brazil must understand that material success will not bring them the peace of mind and hope that they desire. Brazilian Christian believers can build friendships with their Japanese neighbors and show them the love of Christ in practical ways.


Prayer Points

Pray that Japanese evangelicals in Brazil will evangelize their Japanese neighbors.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead the Japanese in Brazil to seek and find the one, true God of the Bible.
Ask the Lord to send workers to the Japanese in Brazil.
Pray the Lord raises up a movement to Christ among the Japanese in Brazil in this decade.


Scripture Prayers for the Japanese in Brazil.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Pronunciation jae-puh-NEEZ
Alternate Names Ko; Nihonjin; Nikkei; Wa; Wajin; Yamato; जपानीस
Population this Country 389,000
Population all Countries 119,242,000
Total Countries 48
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 5
Unreached No
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed
People ID 12322
ROP3 Code 104189
ROP25 Code 303334
ROP25 Name Japanese
Country Brazil
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Brazil
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Religion: Christianity
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
20.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 15.00 %)
63.50 %
Ethnic Religions
16.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.50 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Japanese
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Portuguese
Primary Language Japanese
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Portuguese
People Groups Speaking Japanese

Primary Language:  Japanese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1837-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1879-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1883-2018)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Japanese Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App Android Bible app: Japanese YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Japanese YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway scripture Bible Gateway
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract General / Other
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