The Japanese Peruvians originated in Japan and either emigrated to Peru or were born in Peru. Peruvians in Japan are the second largest Japanese people group in South America, those in Brazil being the largest.
Peru was the first country in Latin America to have diplomatic relations with Japan and to allow Japanese immigration. Japanese families came to Peru in 1899 first. There were about eight hundred of them. They came from Hiroshima, Okinawa, Osaka, Gifu and Kanagawa. Many came as farmers and later went to live in the cities of Peru like the capital Lima.
After the beginning of World War Two, Japanese Peruvians were sent to internment camps in the U.S.A. They were kept there for more than two years. At the end of the war, only about 80 went back to Peru while 400 stayed in the United States and were classed as stateless refugees.
These days, the Japanese in Peru have different jobs such as having high rankings in finance, academia and catering. They are well educated and have major economic positions. As a result of the Peruvian economy not doing well in the 1980s, many Japanese Peruvians went to the U.S.A. and to Japan with some of them coming back.
The Japanese in Peru have made a big impact economically and culturally in Peru. When the Japanese first came to Peru there was poverty in Japan.
The Peruvian Japanese have strong community associations. They keep to themselves and are proud of their cultural heritage. They work hard and are trustworthy. Economic and social links between Peru and Japan are strong.
* There are many Japanese evangelical Christians in Brazil. Pray that some may want to go to Peru and evangelize their Japanese neighbors too.
|Profile Source: Anonymous|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2007-04-23|
|People Name General||Japanese|
|People Name in Country||Japanese|
|Population in Peru||152,000|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||2 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Ko, Nihonjin, जपानीस|
|Region||Central and South America|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Primary Language||Japanese (152,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||jpn Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Japanese|
Primary Language: Japanese
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1879-1993)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Amazon||National Bible Societies|
|Forum of Bible Agencies||World Bible Finder|
|Gospel Go||World Bibles|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Christ for the Nations|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Fathers Love Letter|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Japanese|
|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: View in Japanese|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible Gateway Scripture|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Biblica Japanese|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Colloquial Japanese (1955)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Cartoon Gospel tract|
|Text / Printed Matter||EasyBibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||International Bible Society|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.50 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|