Japanese of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 909,007

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

Status of Christianity

Engaged yet Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

Majority Located Where

  Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA - 73,041

  Honolulu, HI - 40,643

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 34,085

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NJ - 30,227

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

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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.).


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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC34,085
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON25,890
CanadaMontréalMontreal (Laval)QC4,440
United StatesPlanoDallas-Fort Worth-ArlingtonTX10,000
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY415
United StatesHoustonHouston-The Woodlands-Sugar LandTX3,583
United StatesAustinAustin-Round RockTX1,700
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL16,653
United StatesColumbusColumbusOH1,000
United StatesOrlandoOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL3,000
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA5,000
United StatesPhiladelphiaPhiladelphia-Camden-WilmingtonPA2,669
United StatesBaltBaltimore-Columbia-TowsonMD2,339
United StatesGilbert AZ4,261
United StatesRiversideRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA4,833
United StatesNoviDetroit-Warren-DearbornMI2,208
United StatesBellevueSeattle-Tacoma-BellevueWA18,427
United StatesMinneapolisMinneapolis-St. Paul-BloomingtonMN2,872
United StatesSan DiegoSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA12,165
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL1,699
United StatesBrentwoodSt. LouisMO1,278
United StatesDenverDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO2,950
United StatesPittsPittsburghPA1,565
United StatesBeavertonPortland-Vancouver-HillsboroOR6,751
United StatesSan AntonioSan Antonio-New BraunfelsTX1,626
United StatesSacramentoSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA5,512
United StatesUnionCincinnati-MiddletownKY1,159