Yonaguni is an island as well as a language and a people group. It has closer ties to Okinawa than it does to Japan. After WWII, when food and other necessities were hard to come by, there was a thriving black market there. As Japan became more prosperous, and the black market diminished, people left Yonaguni.
These people live either in Japan's westernmost island of Yonaguni or in Taiwan where some of them are going.
With its beautiful beaches, the Yonaguni people are dependent on the tourist industry. Many tourists come there to do scuba diving, especially in the winter. Jobs are scarce enough that many of the Yonaguni people are moving to other places, especially Taiwan. They are trying to bring in Taiwanese fishermen and tourists to strengthen their economy.
Their primary language is Yonaguni, but with such a small population, they also speak either Taiwanese or Japanese.
The Yonaguni people are adherents of their own folk religion, blended in with elements of Buddhism and Shintoism.
The Yonaguni people need to find better ways to earn a living in their small island homeland.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Yonaguni people in Japan to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Yonaguni disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Yonaguni communities.
Scripture Prayers for the Yonaguni in Japan.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Yonaguni|
|People Name in Country||Yonaguni|
|Population this Country||800|
|Population all Countries||800|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Southern Okinawa; Yonaguni island. Source: Ethnologue 2016|