Country: Japan

Number of People Groups

38

People Groups Unreached

26 (68.4%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

123,218,000

Population in Unreached

120,652,000 (97.9%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

2.16%

% Evangelical

0.57%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

-0.4%
Map Notes

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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed
 Ainu (Japan) 13,000 13,000 Ainu Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Amami-Oshima, Northern 9,500 9,500 Amami-Oshima, Northern Buddhism 1.00 % 0.45 % 1
 Amami-Oshima, Southern 1,700 1,700 Amami-Oshima, Southern Buddhism 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
 Americans, U.S. 49,000 196,885,000 English Christianity 78.00 % 28.00 % -
 British 22,000 53,969,000 English Christianity 65.00 % 8.00 % -
 Burakumin 865,000 865,000 Japanese Buddhism 0.50 % 0.20 % 17
 Deaf 247,000 49,661,000 Japanese Sign Language Buddhism 1.54 % 5
 Eurasian 123,000 1,743,000 Japanese Buddhism 5.00 % 1.50 % 2
 Filipino, Tagalog 487,000 40,521,000 Tagalog Christianity 93.00 % 12.00 % -
 French 6,100 50,509,000 French Christianity 62.00 % 1.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Cantonese 35,000 79,810,000 Chinese, Yue Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 3.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 535,000 931,685,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 7.00 % 5.70 % -
 Han Chinese, Min Nan 73,000 44,045,000 Chinese, Min Nan Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.00 % -
 Han Chinese, Wu 6,800 81,722,000 Chinese, Wu Ethnic Religions 10.00 % 5.00 % -
 Japanese 117,840,000 119,869,000 Japanese Buddhism 1.20 % 0.30 % 2,357
 Japanese, Brazilian 259,000 259,000 Portuguese Christianity 95.00 % 22.00 % -
 Jewish, English-speaking 2,000 5,401,000 English Ethnic Religions 3.00 % 2.00 % 1
Judeo-Japanese 49,000 49,000 Japanese Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.80 % 1
 Kikai 12,000 12,000 Kikai Buddhism 3.00 % 0.72 % 1
 Korean 973,000 81,888,000 Korean Christianity 31.00 % 16.00 % -
 Kunigami 4,800 4,800 Kunigami Buddhism 2.00 % 1.00 % 1
 Malay 9,600 18,383,000 Malay Islam 0.60 % 0.20 % 1
 Miyako, Ryukyuan 64,000 64,000 Miyako Buddhism 3.00 % 0.51 % 1
 Mongol, Khalka 4,400 2,551,000 Mongolian, Halh Ethnic Religions 1.00 % 0.50 % 1
Oki-No-Erabu 3,100 3,100 Oki-No-Erabu Buddhism 3.00 % 0.50 % 1
  Totals:  38 123,218,000         26 2.16 % 0.57 % 2,425 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 77,000                
  UN Country Population (2023) 123,295,000                

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Province Estimated
Population
Aichi 7,257,000
Akita 992,000
Aomori 1,269,000
Chiba 6,035,000
Ehime 1,344,000
Fukui 763,000
Fukuoka 4,948,000
Fukushima 1,856,000
Gifu 1,971,000
Gunma 1,879,000
Hiroshima 2,759,000
Hokkaido 5,221,000
Hyōgo 5,369,000
Ibaraki 2,829,000
Ishikawa 1,119,000
Iwate 1,241,000
Kagawa 947,000
Kagoshima 1,599,000
Kanagawa 8,850,000
Kochi 706,000
Kumamoto 1,733,000
Kyoto 2,531,000
Mie 1,761,000
Miyagi 2,263,000
Miyazaki 1,070,000
Nagano 2,036,000
Naoasaki 1,336,000
Nara 1,324,000
Niigata 2,235,000
Oita 1,132,000
Okayama 1,864,000
Okinawa 1,390,000
Osaka 8,571,000
Saga 808,000
Saitama 7,041,000
Shiga 1,370,000
Shimane 673,000
Shizuoka 3,589,000
Tochigi 1,915,000
Tokushima 733,000
Tokyo 13,104,000
Tottori 557,000
Toyama 1,035,000
Wakayama 935,000
Yamagata 1,089,000
Yamaguchi 1,362,000
Yamanashi 810,000
Provinces:  47 123,221,000
UN Country Population 123,295,000
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Language Code # Peoples
w/ this Primary
Language
# Unreached
w/ this Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
YouVersion
Bible
Resources
Faith Comes
By Hearing
Bible Resources
Jesus Film
Online
Global
Recordings
Resources
Gospel
Tract
Online
Ainu ain 1 1 New Testament
Amami-Oshima, Northern ryn 1 1 Unspecified
Amami-Oshima, Southern ams 1 1 Unspecified
Bengali ben 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Min Nan nan 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Wu wuu 1 0 Complete Bible
Chinese, Yue yue 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 3 1 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Japanese jpn 4 4 Complete Bible
Japanese Sign Language jsl 1 1 Bible Portions
Kikai kzg 1 1 Unspecified
Korean kor 1 0 Complete Bible
Kunigami xug 1 1 Unspecified
Malay zlm 1 1 Complete Bible
Miyako mvi 1 1 Unspecified
Mongolian, Halh khk 1 1 Complete Bible
Oki-No-Erabu okn 1 1 Unspecified
Okinawan, Central ryu 1 1 Bible Portions
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Portuguese por 1 0 Complete Bible
Punjabi, Eastern pan 1 1 Complete Bible
Spanish spa 1 0 Complete Bible
Tagalog tgl 1 0 Complete Bible
Thai tha 1 1 Complete Bible
Toku-No-Shima tkn 1 1 Unspecified
Turkish tur 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Vietnamese vie 1 0 Complete Bible
Yaeyama rys 1 1 Unspecified
Yonaguni yoi 1 1 Unspecified
Yoron yox 1 1 Unspecified
Totals: 33 38 26   19 19 21 21 16
Networking Possibilities

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There are many agencies and churches looking for additional staff to help them in their mission and calling in Japan. Internet searches are probably the best way to find these organizations. The following are some example search topics you might try:

  • Church planting agencies in Japan
  • Christian ministry in Japan
  • Business as mission
  • Christian literature distribution
  • Evangelism agencies
  • Christian discipleship
  • Short term Christian missions
  • Long term Christian missions
  • Urban ministries
  • Christian media opportunities
  • Bible translation opportunities
  • Relief and development agencies
  • Clean water projects
  • Christian medical outreaches

Japan Statistics
People Groups 38
Unreached People Groups 26  (68.4%)
Population 123,218,000
Population Annual Growth Rate -0.2%
Population in Unreached 120,652,000  (97.9%)
Primary Religion Buddhism
Percent Christian Adherent 2.2%
Percent Evangelical 0.6%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate -0.4%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 2,425
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 92%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Northeast
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code JA
Official Language(s) Japanese
Literacy Rate 99%
Estimated Illiterate Population 1,232,000
Persecution Ranking Not ranked
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