Japanese in Germany


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Introduction / History

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 the 1920s, Japanese traders and their families began to migrate to Hamburg and Berlin. After WW2 Japan had a huge demand for machinery and heavy industry products, and Düsseldorf had the ability to provide these. Japanese began to settle in Düsseldorf in 1952, led by Mitsubishi, a large Japanese corporation which arrived three years later.

Today there are nearly 400 Japanese corporations based there. Düsseldorf is also home to a large Japanese club and a Japanese school for children to learn the ways of their parent's homeland. Every May or June there is a Japan Day where the Japanese can share their culture with the Germans. Düsseldorf is the "number one city in Germany" for the Japanese who live in Germany, though there are also some Japanese in Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Düsseldorf is home to many Japanese restaurants, grocery stores, museums, festivals and anything else that reflects Japanese culture in Germany. The biggest Japanese festival in Germany comes in May or June. It’s Japan Day, and it features Japanese food, fireworks and festivities.

In recent years, the Japanese have become known as great soccer players on Germany's World Cup level teams. However, the Japanese in Germany are better known for their work in business, banking, telecommunications, and other high-level areas of employment.

There are five Japanese schools for children.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Shintoism is the native religion of Japan. It is rooted in animism (belief that non-living objects have spirits). Its many gods or spirits are known as kami. Buddhism was introduced to Japan in the sixth century. Today, most Japanese claim to be both Shintoist and Buddhist.

Traditions of Shintoism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism have all contributed to Japanese religious principles. Many Japanese are indifferent and skeptical of established religion. Many do not see it as offering any help in today's world.


What Are Their Needs?

On the outside, the Japanese in Germany seem to have few needs. However, many of them have become obsessed with materialistic pleasures, careers, and possessions. Their greatest need is to be introduced to the Father through his Son, Jesus.


Prayer Points

Pray that German Christian businessmen will have open doors to share the gospel with the Japanese.
Pray that Christian resources will be effective in reaching the Japanese in Germany.
Pray that God will raise up teams of intercessors to stand in the gap for these precious people.
Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Japanese in Germany that will spread to Japan and beyond.


Scripture Prayers for the Japanese in Germany.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_people_in_Germany
https://career-management.de/en/2022/03/02/japanese-communities-germany/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Pronunciation jae-puh-NEEZ
Alternate Names Ko; Nihonjin; Nikkei; Wa; Wajin; Yamato; जपानीस
Population this Country 36,000
Population all Countries 119,242,000
Total Countries 48
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 12322
ROP3 Code 104189
ROP25 Code 303334
ROP25 Name Japanese
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Germany
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
69.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
24.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Primary Language Japanese (36,000 speakers)
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Japanese (36,000 speakers)
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Japanese

Primary Language:  Japanese

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1837-1992)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1879-1993)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1883-2018)
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YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Japanese Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app direct APK download SIL
Mobile App Android Bible app: Japanese YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Japanese YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway scripture Bible Gateway
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract General / Other
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