Vietnamese in Japan

Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Most Vietnamese in Japan live in Tokyo and the Kanto region and also in Greater Osaka. They speak Vietnamese and Japanese. They are mostly Buddhists and also Catholics.

Many Vietnamese students came to Japan early last century. Many more Vietnamese now are refugees from the Vietnam War and Japan began to let them stay in the country from later in the 1970s. Vietnamese workers came to Japan in the 1990s as they could earn good salaries there.

It has been difficult for the Vietnamese in Japan regards education and finding work. The lack of being able to speak fluent Japanese has been a handicap to them. There are cultural difficulties too. There are famous Vietnamese people living in Japan.

Many Vietnamese refugees change to permanent residential status to be able to have a better life in Japan. Some bring their families to Japan in what is called chain migration.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the difficulties the Vietnamese are having in Japan will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that nominal Catholics be given a clear presentation of the gospel.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Vietnamese
People Name in Country Vietnamese
Population in Japan 14,000
World Population 83,816,800
Total Countries 34
Indigenous No
Unreached No
Progress Scale 2
Alternate Names Annamese, Annanese, Ching, Cing, Gin, Jhing, Jing, King, Kinh, Kinh (Việt), Viet
People ID 12700
ROP3 Code 105018
Country Japan
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Japan
Region Northeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Vietnamese (14,000 speakers)   (People group listing)
Language Code: vie   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Vietnamese (14,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: vie   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Vietnamese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1890-1989)
New Testament Yes   (1914-2011)
Complete Bible Yes   (1916-1994)
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 General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (
Film / Video Fathers Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Vietnamese
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
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Revised Vietnamese Version Bible
Primary Religion: Buddhism

Major Religion Percent
52.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 1.80 %)
10.00 %
Ethnic Religions
9.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
23.00 %
Other / Small
6.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
8.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
14.0 %
Roman Catholic
78.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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