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Judeo-Japanese in Japan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
50,000 Japanese Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 %   

Judeo-Japanese in Japan

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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
* 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.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2012-05-30
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Country: Japan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Northeast
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Widespread
(Source: Ethnologue 2010)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Judeo-Japanese
People Name General: Judeo-Japanese
ROP3 Code: 113974
Joshua Project People ID: 18383
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 50,000
Population all Countries: 50,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Japanese
People Name General: Judeo-Japanese
Ethnic Code: MSY45a
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Japanese (50,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): jpn    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Ethnic Religions
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity1.00 %(Evangelical: 0.80 %)
Ethnic Religions95.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam0.00 % 
Non-Religious4.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent40.00 %
Protestant50.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic10.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1837-1992
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1883-2018
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsChrist for the Nations
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoFather's Love Letter
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Japanese
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Biblica Japanese
Text / Printed MatterBible: Colloquial Japanese (1955)
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Judeo-Japanese in Japan

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    Japanese     Asia, Northeast    
      Judeo-Japanese Japan    
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            Judeo-Japanese in Japan          
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      Ethnic Religions     Japanese  
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