Japanese in United Kingdom

Largest Religion
Main Language
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Introduction / History

In 1884 264 Japanese citizens lived in Japan. The majority were professionals and students. In an effort to modernize Japan students were also sent to the United Kingdom to study. Throughout World War II some Japanese migrated to the United Kingdom. In the 1960's a larger wave of Japanese migrated to Britain. The main reason for this migration was business. Lower airfares have also attracted more Japanese students to attend universities.

Where Are they Located?

Japanese businessmen can be found throughout the UK. Japanese students can be found on university campuses such as Cambridge and Oxford. Most live in either homes or dormitories in or around school or work.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Around 12,000 of the Japanese residents of Britain speak primarily Japanese. The Japanese assimilate into culture well, but remain proud of their culture. Since most are businessmen or students their lives are filled with work or study. Leisure time is spent experiencing the local culture.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Japanese are Buddhist and Shinto by tradition. There is also a strong lean toward materialism. Japanese will celebrate the Buddhist and Shinto holidays and participate in Buddhist or Shinto ceremonies. Everyday practice is driven by materialism or folk beliefs. The oldest son inherits the family shrine and it is placed somewhere in the Japanese home. Various gods and idols may be worshipped depending upon the person. Materialism and happiness in this life motivate the Japanese, while religion is an opportunity to keep in touch with tradition. There is also a small population of Japanese Christians, many of who become Christians when they study or work abroad.

What Are Their Needs?

Japanese businessmen and students are away from home. Among the greatest needs of Japanese living in Japan are friendships in the new culture.

Japanese businessmen may work abroad while their families stay behind in Japan. Strong communication is needed to keep the family unit intact.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God would bring strong Christian friendships into Japanese businessmen and students lives.
* Pray for the Japanese businessmen who work away from their families.
* Pray that communication would remain strong with their families in Japan.
* Pray that the Japanese businessmen and students would have the opportunity to hear and see the Gospel lived out in everyday life.
* Pray that the Japanese businessmen and students would have open hearts to receive the Gospel.



Profile Source:   Rachel Routt  

People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Population in United Kingdom 29,000
World Population 125,002,900
Total Countries 44
Indigenous No
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Ko, Nihonjin, जपानीस
People ID 12322
ROP3 Code 104189

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Japanese (29,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Japanese (29,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Japanese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1837-1992)
New Testament Yes   (1879-1993)
Complete Bible Yes   (1883-1987)
Audio Bible Online
Possible Print Bibles
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
58.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.50 %
Ethnic Religions
24.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
16.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
3.0 %
16.0 %
2.0 %
Other Christian
24.0 %
29.0 %
Roman Catholic
26.0 %
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Profile Source: Rachel Routt  
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