The Japanese are a Northern Pacific Rim people group who have a rich history and culture. Historically, the Japanese people are not the kind to migrate, and they have a strong sense of national, cultural, racial homogeneity. However, in the 1920s, Japanese traders migrated to Hamburg and Berlin for the sake of machinery production. Düsseldorf became the primary city for corporations. There are now 400 Japanese corporations in Düsseldorf. The Japanese populations are primarily concentrated in Düsseldorf but also in Frankfurt, Hamburg, and Munich. Now, there are approximately 24,000 Japanese people in Germany.
Most Japanese practice Shintoism and Buddhism. Shintoism is based on pre-Buddhist animistic beliefs. In Shintoism, prayers and offerings are given to deities for health, children, and the harvest. Buddhism was introduced in the sixth century. Because of its ties to Chinese culture, it was readily accepted by the Japanese. Today, many Japanese are materialistic and do not see the need for spirituality.
Partnership // Move Beyond
- In a European country such as Germany, the Japanese minority as an overlooked unreached people group. Pray God will compel churches and ministries to reach the Japanese.
- Pray for churches in Düsseldorf and other towns with larger Japanese populations, that God will use them as light to the Japanese.
- Pray opportunities to arise for German believers to initiate friendships with Japanese people.
Interested in more opportunities? See the Wide Open website.