How popular is
'What A Friend We Have In Jesus'
in Japan?

Score of What a Friend we have in Jesus

This page shows our estimate of just how popular it is.

Not very useful information, we admit. Take a look at our main page for the more interesting facts about the song.

  • Marriages: In 2002, there were 757,331 marriages in Japan.
    Source: Summary of Vital Statistics (June 5, 2003), Statistics and Information Department, Minister's Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, 1-2-2 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8916
  • Wedding ceremonies: In 2002, there were 461,972 Western-style weddings in Japan.
    Assuming 61.2% of weddings are Western style, based on survey by Zexy on 4,132 couples who married in 2001 and responded to the poll. (20.1% had Shinto-style weddings, 0.9% married at Buddhist temples, and 16% had no religious ceremony.)
  • What a Friend We Have In Jesus: This hymn was sung at 74.51% of these weddings, that is, 344,215 weddings.
    Based on survey of 51 hotels and bridal halls in Japan in 2003.
  • Congregation: Average 76.96 guests per wedding ceremony.
    Based on survey of 51 hotels and bridal halls in Japan in 2003.
  • so... 344,215 x 67.96 = 23,392,870 (20% of Japan's population) sing this song every year.

    which nicely supports the notion that you can find some pretty useless information on the internet.


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