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 1960s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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|
|Primary Language||Japanese (29,000 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|