Judeo-Japanese in Japan

The Judeo-Japanese have only been reported in Japan
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Jewish people began arriving in Japan in the nineteenth century. More Jews began coming to Japan after 1920. During World War II, the German Nazis tried to get the Japanese to come against the Japanese Jews but the Japanese government refused even though they were allies of Germany. Many Polish Jews escaped to Japan via Lithuania in the early part of the war.

After the war, many Jews in Japan went to live in Israel after it became a country in 1948. Some went to western countries like America. Regarding the Jews that stayed in Japan, some married the Japanese.

There are many Japanese families in the capital Tokyo. Some are in Kobe which is the sixth largest city in Japan. The Jewish people first went to Kobe to live after the 1923 earthquake in the Japanese island of Honshu.

Some Jews come to Japan for business reasons and some stay only for a short time. There are Jews among the American military in Japan. There are Jewish community centers in the cities where they mostly live. They speak mainly in Japanese.

Many books on the Jewish faith are in Japan. Not too many of the Jews attend synagogues here. Many Japanese Jews work in finance and there are journalists and students too. There is a Kibbutz monthly periodical in Japanese. Most Jews living in Japan now are from America. A lot of Japanese know very little about Jewish people who are living in Japan.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Judeo-Japanese in Japan.

* Pray that Jewish people in Japan find a liking to the Bible rather than in Japanese secularism.
* Pray that Messianic Jews will lead the Japanese Jews to Jesus Christ.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-05-30
People Name General Judeo-Japanese
People Name in Country Judeo-Japanese
Population this Country 50,000
Population all Countries 50,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 18383
ROP3 Code 113974
Country Japan
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Japan
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Language Japanese (50,000 speakers)
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Japanese (50,000 speakers)
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  (1883-2018)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Japanese
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
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 OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.80 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
95.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
4.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
40.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
50.0 %
Roman Catholic
10.0 %
Profile Source Anonymous  
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