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

No Longer Unreached

GSEC Level: 5

Majority Located Where

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

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NJ - 50,000

  Honolulu, HI - 40,643

  Vancouver (Surrey), BC - 34,085

  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
United StatesLittle RockLittle Rock-North Little Rock-ConwayAR450
United StatesTucsonTucsonAZ1,107
CanadaVancouverVancouver (Surrey)BC34,085
United StatesOxnardOxnard-Thousand Oaks-VenturaCA1,622
United StatesFresnoFresnoCA1,283
United StatesRiversideRiverside-San Bernardino-OntarioCA4,833
United StatesSanta MonicaLos Angeles-Long Beach-AnaheimCA73,041
United StatesCupertinoSan Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa ClaraCA13,235
United StatesSFSan Francisco-Oakland-HaywardCA23,048
United StatesSacramentoSacramento--Arden-Arcade--RosevilleCA5,512
United StatesSan DiegoSan Diego-Carlsbad-San MarcosCA12,165
United StatesBakersfieldBakersfieldCA437
United StatesDenverDenver-Aurora-LakewoodCO2,950
United StatesGreenwichBridgeport-Stamford-NorwalkCT1,701
United StatesHartfordHartford-West Hartford-East HartfordCT905
United StatesNew HavenNew Haven-MilfordCT455
United StatesTampaTampa-St. Petersburg-ClearwaterFL1,699
United StatesOrlandoOrlando-Kissimmee-SanfordFL3,000
United StatesAtlantaAtlanta-Sandy Springs-RoswellGA5,000
United StatesHonoluluHonoluluHI40,643
United StatesChicagoChicago-Naperville-ElginIL16,653
United StatesFishersIndianapolis-Carmel-AndersonIN1,869
United StatesOverland ParkKansas CityKS527
United StatesLouisvilleLouisville/Jefferson CountyKY415
United StatesUnionCincinnati-MiddletownKY1,159
United StatesMetairieNew Orleans-MetairieLA788
United StatesBaton RougeBaton RougeLA347
United StatesBostonBoston-Cambridge-QuincyMA7,018