Japanese in Indonesia

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People Name: Japanese
Country: Indonesia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 14,000
World Population: 122,852,000
Primary Language: Japanese
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Christian Adherents: 2.30 %
Evangelicals: 0.50 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Japanese
Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Japanese began coming to Indonesia in large numbers more than a hundred years ago. After the Japanese occupation of Indonesia in World War II, some Japanese soldiers remained to help the Indonesians fight against the Dutch who ruled Indonesia.

About forty years ago, Japanese manufacturers began coming to Indonesia to build factories for electronic items and managers and staff came from Japan to work here.

Many Japanese women came to Indonesia and married Indonesian men. Some met their husbands when studying and some when coming to Bali as tourists. There are a few divorces each year.

There is one newspaper in Japanese in Indonesia and it is called the Daily Jakarta Shimbun. One of the wives of the first president of Indonesia is Japanese.

A lot of the Japanese in Indonesia live in the capital Jakarta and in Bali. They speak Japanese and Indonesian. The Japanese tend to be followers of Buddhism and Shintoism and many are secular.

Prayer Points

* Pray that missions find ways to get the Japanese to want to know about Christianity and to come to Jesus Christ.
* Pray against the Japanese love of materialism.

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