The Burakumin are the descendants of outcasts from the Japanese feudal era. Forced
to live in separate villages, they formed their own unique culture, only
intermarrying among one another. They are concentrated in the
Kansai region of south-central Hokkaido island.
• The Burakumin faced both religious and social discrimination, and were thus forced
to develop their own Buddhist and Shinto clergy. Pray that these spiritual leaders
might experience the power of Jesus and might lead their people into the Kingdom.
• Many Burakumin are involved in organized crime today, making up an estimated 70%
of the Yamaguchi-gumi mafia, which is Japans largest crime syndicate. Pray that
the strongholds of crime and violence might be broken over the Burakumin.
• Though it is illegal to discriminate against the Burakumin today, they still face
widespread prejudice in Japanese society. Pray that the gospel might bring them
hope and a new identity in Christ as those made in God's image.
Heavenly Father, you know and feel the suffering of the Burakumin. May they find
eternal value in you and place their hope in Jesus.