Japanese in Mexico


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Introduction / History

The Japanese first emigrated to Mexico in the late 1800s to work coffee plantations in Chiapas state. Immigration to Mexico almost stopped in World War II. After the War the Japanese began coming to Mexico again mainly because of companies in Japan having economic investments in Mexico and sending skilled workers. The main immigration to Mexico was from 1900 to the beginning of World War II. Many were skilled laborers. During the War many were moved from the coasts and from the Mexico-US border to Mexico City and other interior cities to prevent any possibility of them becoming a military force for the Japanese Empire. Many Japanese stayed in Mexico after the war rather than returned to their devastated island nation. More Japanese began emigrating to Mexico after the war. From about 1950 to 1978, this was mainly because of Japanese businesses coming to Mexico for cheap labor. Japanese immigration is particularly strong in Baja California. Since 1978, many young artists have come from Japan to Mexico and mainly live in Mexico City. They found it easier for their careers to progress in Mexico than in Japan. More people go to museums in Mexico than in Japan. The Japanese in Mexico live mainly in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Chiapas, Baja California and Puebla. They speak Japanese and Mexican Spanish.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There is a Japanese school in Mexico City called the Liceo Mexicano Japonés. Japanese people from all over the country send their children to this school. In Mexico you can find examples of Japanese culture in the highly refined flower arrangements, calligraphy, puppetry, and theater. Some of Japan's painters have made Mexico City their home since the art world is hard to break into in Tokyo. Traditional and Western forms of recreation include baseball, sumo wrestling, judo, karate, table tennis, fishing, volleyball, shogi (Japanese chess) and go (a complicated game of strategy). Gardening is a popular hobby for both men and women. The auto industry has attracted Japanese businessmen to Mexico. There are many Japanese-based international corporations represented in Mexico.


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 be introduced to the one who offers life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray that Christian businessmen will have open doors to share the gospel with the Japanese. Pray that Japanese believers will have opportunities to share the love of Jesus with their families and friends. Ask the Lord to raise up Japanese disciples in Mexico who will make other disciples who will make even more disciples. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will be satisfied only by Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Japanese in Mexico.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Pronunciation jae-puh-NEEZ
Alternate Names Ko; Nihonjin; Nikkei; जपानीस
Population this Country 5,500
Population all Countries 119,824,000
Total Countries 44
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12322
ROP3 Code 104189
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Mexico
Region America, Latin
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
70.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
2.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
23.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Japanese (5,500 speakers)
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Japanese (5,500 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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
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 Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway scripture Bible Gateway
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Japanese YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Japanese YouVersion Bibles
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
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source Trung Nguyễn Xuân - Pixabay 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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