Japanese in Panama


Population
2,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Racially, culturally, and ethnically, the Japanese are one of the most homogenous people groups in the world. They identify themselves in terms of biological heritage, birth in Japan, a shared culture, and a common language (Japanese).

At the end of WWII, Japan lay in ruins, but they soon emerged as an economic power. Today their economy is the third largest in the world. In order to keep their multi-national corporations running the way they want them to, some Japanese employees have had to move to other countries like Panama.


Where Are they Located?

Most Japanese live in Japan, but there is a large diaspora in China, the US, Canada, Brazil, and Peru. There is also a small Japanese diaspora in Panama.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today's Japanese diaspora is primarily professional and business-savvy. They are often working for Japanese corporations all over the world, but they plan to return to Japan in a couple of years. They have a strong work ethic, and they often work long hours. They have little social contact with the local population, and they speak mainly Japanese among themselves. Christian women might have the opportunity to reach out to Japanese housewives who have little contact with the world outside the home.

The uniqueness of Japanese culture can be seen in their art forms, which include the highly refined flower arrangements, calligraphy, puppetry, and theater. Typically Japanese housewives participate in some of these art forms at local Buddhist temples while their husbands are at work.

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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Japanese are usually both Buddhist and Shintoist. Many Japanese are indifferent and skeptical of established religion. Some treat religion as a means towards an end. But given the high number of Japanese-based religious groups, one can surmise that many Japanese are looking for some form of spirituality.


What Are Their Needs?

On the outside, the Japanese seem to have few needs. However, many of them have become obsessed with materialistic pleasures, careers, and possessions. Their greatest need is to be introduced to the Father through His Son, Jesus.


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.
* Pray that God will raise up teams of intercessors to stand in the gap to faithfully pray for these precious people.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Japanese.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12322/PM
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12322/JA
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/01/19/national/media-national/japans-growing-diaspora-reflects-concern-for-the-countrys-future/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_diaspora
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Japanese_diaspora
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gosei_(Japanese_diaspora)
http://www.discovernikkei.org/en/journal/2014/9/3/japanese-diaspora-vietnam/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
Expanded PDF Profile

People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Population in Panama 2,000
World Population 124,775,200
Total Countries 44
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 6  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Ko, Nihonjin, जपानीस
People ID 12322
ROP3 Code 104189

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Primary Language Japanese
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Japanese
Primary Language Japanese
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   (1883-1987)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
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 Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Biblica Japanese
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Colloquial Japanese (1955)
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
70.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
23.50 %
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 %
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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