Introduction / History There are many Japanese people in Singapore, mainly office workers in corporations along with their families. They speak Japanese but some can speak Mandarin and English. Many Japanese came to live in Singapore in the 1870s. In the 1930s many Japanese here were fishermen.
In World War II, Japan occupied Singapore. In 1947 all the Japanese were sent back to Japan. The only Japanese who could live in Singapore during that period were their diplomats with their families. In the late 1950s the Japanese were allowed to come into the country again. Many Japanese businesses began trading then.
The Japanese grew in numbers in Singapore during the 1970s and many Japanese manufacturing businesses came. In the middle of the 1980s most Japanese here were managers and engineers with their families. There is a social status and married and single Japanese women do not tend to mix together. The importance of wealth and materialism to the Japanese is an obstacle to the gospel message being given to them.
What are their lives like? There are many Japanese schools in Singapore. Most Japanese send their children to these schools. Those that are religious among the Japanese tend to follow Buddhism or the Tenrikyo religion which is a new Shinto type of religion. Golf is a well-liked sport among Japanese business people in Singapore and there are many Japanese golf clubs here. They also like swimming and tennis.
There are many Japanese restaurants in Singapore and many are listed on the internet too.
Prayer Points * Pray that the Japanese realize that wealth and materialism should not dominate.
* This may appear more in Japan but the number of suicides among the Japanese is very high and some young people lock themselves in a room and are wasting away. Pray these people will come to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that Christians in Singapore will give the gospel message to the Japanese leading to them coming to Salvation then.