Religions in Japan
Religious organizations in Japan are required to register as Religious Juridical Persons (Shukyohojin). Based on information in the 12 September 2010, respected Diamond magazine, there are 522 such registrations in Japan. Of these, 112 of them are listed as Christian with a total number of adherents of 1,875,918. Sixty six of these organizations have fewer than 1,000 adherents. In terms of numbers of adherents, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with 123,321 adherents ranks fifth in numbers after the Unification Church of Reverend Moon with 560,000. The Catholic Church has 452,136, followed by Jehovah Witnesses with 217,400, and the Japan Christian Church has 190,774. Without including Reverend Moon’s church, the number of Christians listed is 1,315,198 or slightly over 1% of the population of Japan.
While Shinto and Buddhism share many adherents, there are also several large groups which cannot be classified as either Shinto or Buddhist, but are classified as Combinations meaning they draw their beliefs from Buddhist, Shinto and other traditions.