Japanese in Thailand


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

Many Japanese have moved to Thailand because it provides an offshore base for their export-oriented industries. A number of Japanese live in Bangkok, Thailand's capitol. The Japanese have been drawn to Thailand for four main reasons. First, Japan and Thailand are both monarchies with frequent royal exchanges. Second, they share a common religion, Buddhism. Third, the two countries have never been at war with each other. Finally, the most compelling reason is that the government has a laissez-faire approach to business with comparatively little red tape for potential investors. Japanese businessmen recognize Thailand as a civilized country where contacts are respected, government intervention is minimal, and Thai workers are industrious.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Regarded as temporary residents, the Japanese work in diplomatic missions, represent Japanese business interests, and provide technical aid. The Japanese in Thailand are prosperous, but hard working. They have very little spare time to spend with their families or deal with their spiritual needs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Shintoism is the native religion of many Japanese. It is rooted in animism (belief that animals and non-living objects have spirits), and 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: ancestor worship, a belief in religious continuity of the family, a close tie between the nation and religion, a free exchange of ideas among religious systems, and religious practices centered on the use of prayer meditation, amulets, and purification.


What Are Their Needs?

The Japanese in Thailand are indifferent or pragmatic regarding religious observances. They want a religion that meets their physical needs. Many are obsessed with materialism, careers and status. They need to understand that their spiritual needs are even greater, and these needs can only be met through a relationship with Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Japanese in Thailand.

Pray for a spiritual hunger among the Japanese in Thailand.
Pray that this will be the decade where there is a movement to Christ among the Japanese in Thailand.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to raise up 1,000 faithful, loving ambassadors of Christ among the Japanese who will take Christ to others in Thailand.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-06-19
People Name General Japanese
People Name in Country Japanese
Pronunciation
Population this Country 71,000
Population all Countries 122,406,000
Total Countries 44
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ko; Nihonjin; Nikkei; जपानीस
People ID 12322
ROP3 Code 104189
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Thailand
Region Asia, Southeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Japanese (71,000 speakers)
Language Code jpn   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Japanese (71,000 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
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 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 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 OneHope resources for children and youth
Primary Religion: Buddhism
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
70.50 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
0.50 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
5.00 %
Other / Small
24.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
15.0 %
Orthodox
2.0 %
Other Christian
28.0 %
Protestant
30.0 %
Roman Catholic
25.0 %
Photo Source Pixabay  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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