Japanese in Peru

Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Japanese Peruvians originated in Japan and either emigrated to Peru or were born in Peru. Peruvians in Japan are the second largest Japanese people group in South America, those in Brazil being the largest.

Peru was the first country in Latin America to have diplomatic relations with Japan and to allow Japanese immigration. Japanese families came to Peru in 1899 first. There were about eight hundred of them. They came from Hiroshima, Okinawa, Osaka, Gifu and Kanagawa. Many came as farmers and later went to live in the cities of Peru like the capital Lima.

After the beginning of World War Two, Japanese Peruvians were sent to internment camps in the U.S.A. They were kept there for more than two years. At the end of the war, only about 80 went back to Peru while 400 stayed in the United States and were classed as stateless refugees.

These days, the Japanese in Peru have different jobs such as having high rankings in finance, academia and catering. They are well educated and have major economic positions. As a result of the Peruvian economy not doing well in the 1980s, many Japanese Peruvians went to the U.S.A. and to Japan with some of them coming back.

The Japanese in Peru have made a big impact economically and culturally in Peru. When the Japanese first came to Peru there was poverty in Japan.

The Peruvian Japanese have strong community associations. They keep to themselves and are proud of their cultural heritage. They work hard and are trustworthy. Economic and social links between Peru and Japan are strong.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Japanese in Peru.

* There are many Japanese evangelical Christians in Brazil. Pray that some may want to go to Peru and evangelize their Japanese neighbors too.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-04-23
People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Population this Country 157,000
Population all Countries 122,406,000
Total Countries 44
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Ko; Nihonjin; Nikkei; जपानीस
People ID 12322
ROP3 Code 104189
Country Peru
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Peru
Region America, Latin
Continent South America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Map of Japanese in Peru
Primary Language Japanese (157,000 speakers)
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Japanese (157,000 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)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Christ for the Nations
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (Faith Comes By Hearing)
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 LUMO film of Gospels
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 Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
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
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
69.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.50 %)
1.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
5.00 %
Other / Small
24.00 %
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
3.0 %
16.0 %
2.0 %
Other Christian
24.0 %
29.0 %
Roman Catholic
26.0 %
Photo Source Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group location: IMB / Joshua Project. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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