Uyghur in Japan

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Introduction / History

Before 1921, the various Turkic groups in Xinjiang called themselves by the name of the oasis near their villages. When Turkic leaders met in Tashkent in 1921, they chose the name Uyghur as the mark of their identity. Uyghur means "unity" or "alliance." Uyghur is a Turkic language, related to Uzbek, Kazakh and Kirgiz. It also contains loanwords from Chinese, Arabic, Persian, Russian, and Mongolian. In the mid-eighth century, the Uyghurs inhabited part of present-day Mongolia. Around AD 840, the Kirgiz attacked from the north. They fled southwest to their current homeland in what is now China's Xinjiang Province. Xinjiang is the border between the Chinese and the Turkic worlds. It is part of China, but the Uyghur people are Turkic in their looks, their religion and their culture. Many want to break away from China, causing violent clashes between the powerful Chinese government and Uygur separatists. Many innocent Uyghurs are victims of government violence. Some have left their homeland for safer places like Japan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Uyghurs in Japan are refugees. They are dealing with the trauma of the injustice meted out against Uyghurs in China. In Japan, those who call attention to the atrocities in China are not beyond the threats of the Chinese government. The Chinese communicate that their Uyghur family members in China can be ill-treated. Sometimes they blackmail the Uyghurs in Japan into spying for them. Some Uyghurs who have returned to China from Japan have been killed. While dealing with this stress, Uyghurs in Japan need to begin new lives, find new jobs, and learn the difficult Japanese language. The Japanese government is not in a suitable position to criticize China's treatment of the Uyghurs because China is an important trade partner. This situation means Uyghurs in Japan are unlikely to gain protection from the Japanese government if they dare to protest.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Uyghurs follow folk Islam mixed with pre-Islamic beliefs. Today, although almost all Uyghurs confess to be Sunni Muslims. It is a central part of their identity. Their Sunni Islamic beliefs are one of the cultural elements the Chinese government wants to stamp out.

What Are Their Needs?

The Uyghurs in Japan need trauma counseling and job training. They need to learn Japanese.

Prayer Points

Pray for the Lord to guide and protect Uyghurs in China and Japan. Pray that Uyghurs in Japan will surrender their hearts and minds to the Risen Christ. Pray for Asian believers to reach out to the Uyghurs among them. Pray for a strong disciple making movement among Uyghurs in Japan that will affect other Muslim peoples in that country.

Scripture Prayers for the Uyghur in Japan.

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People Name General Uyghur
People Name in Country Uyghur
Pronunciation WEE-gur
Alternate Names Huihe; Kashgar; Kashgar Turki; Kashgar-Yarkand; Taranchi; Uigher; Uighuir; Uighur; Uiguir; Uigur; Uygher; Weiwuer; Yuanhe; उयघुर
Population this Country 1,000
Population all Countries 12,317,000
Total Countries 17
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 15755
ROP3 Code 110469
ROP25 Code 308518
ROP25 Name Uyghur
Country Japan
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Japan
Region Asia, Northeast
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Uyghur (1,000 speakers)
Language Code uig   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Uyghur (1,000 speakers)
Language Code uig   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Uyghur

Primary Language:  Uyghur

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1898-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1914-2005)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1950-2022)
FCBH NT ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Audio Recordings Xush Hewer Uyghur audio Bible General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Uyghur Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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 Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Uyghur YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Uyghur YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Download scripture in this language
Text / Printed Matter Uyghurche Muqeddes Kitab Jemiyiti General / Other
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