Japanese in France

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

Japanese began coming to France late in the nineteenth century, generally individuals who came for cultural and intellectual reasons, which gained them additional status at home, where they would typically return. Additional Japanese came to France in small numbers until World War II, when their immigration there came to an end. After the war, well-educated professional workers, such as journalists came to live in France.
France and Japan became important partners starting the second half of the 19th century in the military, economic, legal, and artistic fields. Today Japan is modernizing its army and shipbuilding with French assistance. France and Japan have enjoyed a very robust and progressive relationship spanning centuries through various contacts in each other's countries by senior representatives, strategic efforts, and cultural exchanges.
Most of the ethnic Japanese in France live in Paris.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Japanese expatriates in France largely possess mastery of the French language, and only a relatively small percentage of the French have any negative attitudes toward the Japanese. There is good social relations with them.
The Japanese in France generally acculturate themselves in French urban areas, though for the most part avoid public expressions of ethnic identity which might emphasize their separateness from the French. Japanese social life is linked to business rather than place of residence, as is common with other minorities.
Elements of Japanese culture have also been added to the French landscape, notably in Paris, where sushi bars and Japanese restaurants are common. France derived part of its modern artistic inspiration from Japanese art to a significant degree through its influence on Impressionism. One of the most noteworthy elements of Japanese presence in France are the large number of Japanese educational programs, which number up to 30 nationwide. There are also a number of well-known ethnic Japanese in the performing arts.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Of those who are religious, some of the Japanese are Buddhists and others belong to the Shinto religion; these can overlap. Most of the Buddhist temples in France which serve the Japanese community are affiliated with the Zen branch of Mahayana Buddhism.

What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Japanese people need to allow the loving Savior to direct their lives. They need his forgiveness for sin.

Prayer Points

Pray the Japanese would see they do not have to live in slavery to spirits if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Lord to intervene in their families, calling people to his side.
Pray for loving workers.
Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.
Pray for a church planting movement to thrive in their communities.

Scripture Prayers for the Japanese in France.



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 30,000
Population all Countries 119,869,000
Total Countries 48
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12322
ROP3 Code 104189
ROP25 Code 303334
ROP25 Name Japanese
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country France
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
69.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
24.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Japanese (30,000 speakers)
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Japanese (30,000 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)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
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 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 Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
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
Text / Printed Matter Children and youth resources One Hope
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
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