Japanese in Dominican Republic


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Introduction / History

More Japanese live in the Dominican Republic than anywhere else in Central America and the Caribbean, except for Cuba. After World War II, the Japanese migrated to the Dominican Republic, which had a treaty with Japan to open its doors to Japanese agricultural workers. The Japanese had been promised houses and land, but promises were broken after the civil war in the Dominican Republic. Many Japanese went to other Latin American countries. By the early nineteen sixties, only a few Japanese stayed in the Dominican Republic. There is a Japanese college in the capital, Santo Domingo. Most Japanese live in Constanza.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Japanese migrants sued the Japanese government for the suffering caused in the Dominican Republic and were compensated financially. There are very few Japanese left in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic receives much aid from Japan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Shintoism is the native religion of Japan. It is rooted in animism (belief that non-living objects have spirits). Its many gods or spirits are known as kami. Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the sixth century. Today, most Japanese claim to be both Shintoist and Buddhist. Traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism have all contributed to Japanese religious principles: ancestor worship; a belief in religious continuity of the family; a close tie between the nation and religion; a free exchange of ideas among religious systems; and religious practices centered on the use of prayer meditation, amulets, and purification.


What Are Their Needs?

Many Japanese are indifferent to and skeptical of established religion. On the outside, they seem to have few needs. However, many have become obsessed with materialistic pleasures, careers, and possessions. Their greatest need is to have a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the foot of the cross.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Japanese in Dominican Republic.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Japanese people teachable and understanding hearts. Pray for workers who are driven by the love and boldness of the Holy Spirit to go to the Japanese in the Dominican Republic. Pray for a movement to Christ among them to begin this decade.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Pronunciation
Population this Country 1,700
Population all Countries 122,406,000
Total Countries 44
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ko; Nihonjin; Nikkei; जपानीस
People ID 12322
ROP3 Code 104189

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Primary Language Japanese (1,700 speakers)
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Japanese (1,700 speakers)
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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)
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
Audio Recordings Christ for the Nations
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Japanese
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Japanese
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
63.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.50 %
Ethnic Religions
6.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
24.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
3.0 %
Independent
16.0 %
Orthodox
2.0 %
Other Christian
24.0 %
Protestant
29.0 %
Roman Catholic
26.0 %
Photo Source Trung Nguyễn Xuân - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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