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|Christian Adherents:||1.50 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|Affinity Bloc:||East Asian Peoples|
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).
In general terms, there was an early Japanese diaspora, and a later one. The early one consisted of Japanese people who left Japan for low paying jobs, sometimes in near slave-like conditions. After Japan began to emerge as an economic power in the second half of the 20th century, some Japanese corporations have sent their staff to temporarily live in other parts of the world.
The majority of the Japanese live in Japan, but there is also a diaspora all over the world, especially in Brazil, the US, Canada, and Peru. A smaller number live in Dominica, a nation between the Caribbean Sea and South America.
The Japanese have a strong work ethic, and they often work very long hours. They speak mainly Japanese among themselves and have little social contact with the local population.
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.
The Japanese are usually both Buddhist and Shintoist. Many Japanese are indifferent and skeptical of established religion. Many 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.
On the outside, the Japanese in Dominica seem to have few needs. However, many of them have become obsessed with materialistic pleasures, careers, and possessions. They need to find meaning in a true, loving relationship with the Lord.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Japanese people in Dominica teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Japanese families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Japanese people in Dominica to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Japanese people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.