Japan

Japan borders the North Pacific Ocean on the east. It consists of four large islands (Honshu, Hokkaido, Shikoku, and Kyushu) and 3,000 small islands.

QUICK FACTS

Population: 126.7 million
Ethnic Groups: Japanese (98.5%), Koreans (0.5%), Chinese (0.4%), Other (0.6%)
Languages: Japanese
Religions: Shintoism (79.2%), Buddhism (66.8%), Christianity (1.5%), Other (7.1%)
Capital: Tokyo
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 12, 2017

Japanese in Toronto

Japanese Population:
In Canada: 98,900
In the GTA: 23,310
In the City of Toronto: 12,270

Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
City of Toronto, Mississauga, Richmond Hill, Aurora, Newmarket, Markham, southern part of Pickering, and Ajax.

Japan achieved remarkable growth in the second half of the 20th Century after the devastation of World War II. Today, it has a strong economy and the standard of living in Japan is exceptionally high. Material possessions are about equal to the United States while the healthcare and transportation systems are both very good. Most Japanese follow Shintoism and Buddhism blended together, but oddly, more than 70% of them also claim no personal religion. Shintoism includes religious practices such as nature worship, ancestor worship, and animism. Although Christianity and Confucianism are relatively minor religions in Japan, they have both in their own ways influenced Japanese culture and thinking.

Settlement Services in the GTA

Japanese Social Services
6 Garamond Court
Toronto, ON
M3C 1Z5
Phone: 416-385-9200

Churches in the GTA

Grace Toronto Japanese Church
20 Glebe Road East
Toronto, ON
M4S 1N6
Phone: 416-789-1902

Hamilton Japanese United Church
715 Upper Gage Avenue
Hamilton, ON 
L8V 4J9
Phone: 905-385-8823

Japanese Gospel Church of Toronto
301 Silver Star Boulevard
Toronto, ON
M1V 0B6
Phone: 416-335-5428

Wesley Chapel Japanese Church
2385 Warden Avenue
Toronto, ON
M1W 2L6
Phone: 416-497-7122


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