People Group Highlights

“All nations will come and worship before you."

- Revelations 15:4

Japanese of Canada


People Group Info

Total Population: 109,740

ROP3 Code: 104189
IMB Affinity Group: East Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: East Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Japanese
Language: Japanese - (jpn)
Religion: Ethnic Religions - Shintoism
Country of Origin: Japan

Majority Located Where

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 34,085

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 25,890

  Calgary, AB - 6,610

  Montreal (Laval), QC - 4,440

  Edmonton, AB - 3,650

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Brief Profile

While many younger Japanese try to adapt as much as possible to western culture and are very independent, older Japanese in the North America maintain their culture and customs (especially if they themselves emigrated from Japan). Traditionally Japanese take pride in their education, homes, families, and work. Most are well-educated and accustomed to working long hours.

Although Japanese practice Buddhism, Shintoism permeates their culture and lifestyle. Literally meaning "the way of the gods," Shintoism is reflected in the arts, architecture, garden designs, and even cartoons (anime and manga). Shintoism and Buddhism are often seen through rituals such as marriages or funerals, and not through faithful worship, as defines religion for many Americans. However, many Japanese appear more secular, seeking materialism more than traditional Shinto ways, and this secular shift in perspective is beginning to make its way back to their home country of Japan.

There are pockets of Japanese people in North America who are evangelical Christians. Nevertheless, as a whole Japanese are still one among many of the least reached peoples in North America.

Prayer Points

  • For churches to assess the local Japanese community to understand the different needs of each Japanese generation.
  • For the discovery of persons of peace within Japanese families within your locale.
  • For Christians to encounter Japanese in their natural settings (e.g. restaurants, golf course, etc.).


Learning Resources

Learn more about "Learning Paths"
Online Courses for embracing, encountering and engaging diaspora people. Work at your own pace. Begin anytime and complete the course according to your schedule. Interactive, Hands-On Application.

Learn more about "Reaching the Nations"
This book delineates five disciplines Christians should develop in order to effectively reach the nations. More specifically, it will guide Christians to develop an engagement strategy in their locale.

World Religions - Beliefs Overview
An overview of major world religions and cults - their beliefs and practices.


Other Resources

Know God in 98 Languages
A CRU resource with 9 different witnessing models (e.g. 4 Spiritual Laws, etc.) in 98 languages.

Prayer Guide for Unreached Peoples
A 30 day guide to pray for unreached people groups.

Bible - Japanese
This Biblica translation of the Bible is for the Japanese language

Prayer Guide using the GOSPELS acronym
A prayer guide that utilizes the acronym GOSPELS to pray for workers among diaspora.

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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC34,085
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON25,890
CanadaCalgaryCalgaryAB6,610
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC4,440
CanadaEdmontonEdmontonAB3,650
CanadaOttawaOttawa–GatineauON3,085



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