Japanese in Netherlands


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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).

At the end of WWII, Japan lay in ruins, but they soon emerged as an economic power. Today their economy is the third largest in the world. In order to keep their many multi-national corporations running the way they want them to, some have sent their staff members to other parts of the world, usually on a temporary basis.


Where Are they Located?

The majority of the Japanese live in Japan, but there is also a diaspora all over the world, especially in Brazil, the US, Canada, and Peru. A smaller number live in European countries like the Netherlands.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Japanese have a strong work ethic, and they often work very long hours. They speak mainly Japanese among themselves and have little social contact with the local population.

The Japanese in the Netherlands are mostly businessmen and business executives. Among the prominent Japanese companies in the Netherlands are Hitachi, Panasonic, Toyota, Yamaha, Mitsubishi, and Yakult. With each of these international corporations comes some Japanese executives. Chamber-of-commerce-like associations and Young Executive programs give the Japanese opportunities to network through business and cultural events such as a Cherry Blossom Festival, a golf tournament, and a Japanese Festival. Companies such as Yakult sponsor cultural bedrocks such as the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra and the Van Gogh Museum. Japanese restaurants, supermarkets, and schools meet the needs of Japanese families in the Netherlands.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Japanese are usually both Buddhist and Shintoist. Many Japanese are indifferent and skeptical of established religion. Many treat religion as a means towards an end. But given the high number of Japanese-based religious groups, one can surmise that many Japanese are looking for some form of spirituality.


What Are Their Needs?

On the outside, the Japanese in the Netherlands seem to have few needs. However, many of them have become obsessed with materialistic pleasures, careers, and possessions. They need to find their true worth in a relationship with the King of kings.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Japanese in Netherlands.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Japanese people in the Netherlands teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Japanese families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Japanese people in the Netherlands to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Japanese people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12322/DR
https://www.iamsterdam.com/en/living/about-living-in-amsterdam/people-culture/japanese-community
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/12322/JA
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2017/04/29


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
World Population 122,852,000
Total Countries 44
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ko; Nihonjin; जपानीस
People ID 12322
ROP3 Code 104189
Country Netherlands
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Netherlands
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language Japanese (5,400 speakers)
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Japanese (5,400 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)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Christ for the Nations
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Father's Love Letter
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Japanese
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible Gateway Scripture
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Biblica Japanese
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Colloquial Japanese (1955)
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
65.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
28.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source Joshua Project 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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