Japan

Deseret News Church Almanacs and the Liahona were used as the data sources. The almanac started in 1974 as an annual publication, then became biennial in 1984, then annual again in 2002. With access to records and the LDS Church Historical Department, the almanac prints some material not available in other publications. It contains history and membership statistics of geographical areas for the year ending before the previous year (e.g., the 2009 almanac includes data up to the year-end 2007).

Japanese LDS membership 1930 to 1971

Japanese LDS membership 1930 to 1971 from the 1975 Church Almanac

There was no membership data for Japan in the 1974 edition. In 1975, membership was published for each decade from 1930 to 1970, plus the years 1965, 1967, and 1971. The almanac of 1976 offered no new information for Japan. The 1977 to 1983 editions yielded data for 1975 to 1981 respectively, except for the 1978 almanac, containing data for 1976, to which I do not yet have access.

The biennial almanacs run from the 1984-1985 edition to the 2001-2002 edition. For the biennial years we only get membership totals every two years. The 1986-1987 edition to the 1999-2000 edition rounded the membership numbers but this ceased in the 2001-2002 edition.

The 2009 membership data comes from the Japan country profile at LDS Newsroom.

In these comments Jonathen posted additional membership information. Below is page 63 from Seito no Michi, June 1982. See the comments for his sources.

Japanese LDS membership 1901 to 1981

Japanese LDS membership 1901 to 1981 (click to enlarge)

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Table of Japanese Membership

I have used Jonathen’s data as the primary source. For some of the years we only have the Almanac source. Where both sources are available but yield different totals, Jonathen’s source prevails but the Almanac numbers are noted. In some instances it appears that one of the sources may be off one year. For example, see 1966 and 1967, and 1970 and 1971.

Year Members Notes
1901
1902 3
1903
1904
1905 17
1906
1907
1908
1909
1910 41
1911 51
1912 51
1913 57
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918 105
1919
1920 127
1921
1922
1923
1924 166
1925 Mission closed
1926 Mission closed
1927 Mission closed
1928 Mission closed
1929 Mission closed
1930 Mission closed
1931 Mission closed
1932 Mission closed
1933 Mission closed
1934 Mission closed
1935 Mission closed
1936 Mission closed
1937 Mission closed
1938 Mission closed
1939 Mission closed
1940 60 Mission closed
1941 Mission closed
1942 Mission closed
1943 Mission closed
1944 Mission closed
1945 Mission closed
1946 Mission closed
1947 Mission closed
1948 Mission closed
1949 211
1950 433 Almanac = 211
1951 709
1952 946
1953 1,117
1954 1,209
1955
1956 1,315
1957 1,811
1958 2,341
1959 2,783
1960 4,157 Almanac = 2,502
1961 5,203
1962 5,976
1963 7,695
1964 8,599
1965 9,012 Almanac = 7,963
1966 9,484
1967 10,110 Almanac = 9,484
1968 11,487
1969 12,485
1970 14,890 Almanac = 11,868
1971 13,010 Almanac = 14,890
1972 19,902
1973 22,653
1974 24,840
1975 27,516
1976 29,374
1977 31,948
1978 34,969
1979 45,958
1980 52,576 Almanac = 57,093
1981 69,809 Almanac = 65,682
1982
1983 70,998
1984
1985 82,000
1986
1987 85,000
1988
1989 91,000
1990
1991 99,484
1992
1993 103,000
1994
1995 106,000
1996 108,000
1997 108,000 This may belong in 1996
1998
1999 110,987
2000
2001 117,329
2002 118,508
2003 119,267
2004 120,197
2005 121,068
2006 121,774
2007 122,442
2008 123,245
2009 124,041

Last updated 29 May 2010

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